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Eielson Air Base to receive F-35 weather shelter

Jan. 26 — Watterson Construction has been awarded a contract to design and construct an F-35A aircraft weather shelter at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. The deal, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $58 million under a firm-fixed-price contract….

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Lockheed Defends F-35 After Pentagon Tester’s Criticism

Lockheed Martin Corp. defended the progress of its F-35, the costliest U.S. weapons system, after the head of the Pentagon’s testing office issued a critical report saying efforts to improve the fighter jet’s reliability are “stagnant.” “We are confident in the F-35’s transformational capability that continues…

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Defense manufacturers cashing in on global arms push

Foreign arms sales are growing in importance to the top line of big defense firms and may get an added boost this year due to initiatives by President Donald Trump. Sales to allies and other friendly countries also have allowed American defense companies to extend…

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Missile defense gets boost from latest bill

EXCERPT – While the Republican tax overhaul was dominating year-end headlines, a major piece of bipartisan legislation became law that also has significant implications for Alaska. The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, signed by President Donald Trump in mid-December, allocates $699 billion to Defense agencies…

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US platform for stealth jets in Pacific

Hong Kong—The US military boosted its stealth attack options in the Pacific on Saturday when the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp moved into the 7th Fleet area of operations. The 40,00-ton, 844-foot-long Wasp is essentially a baby aircraft carrier. Built in 1980s, it has been…

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Fairbanks expects job growth in 2018

FAIRBANKS — State job forecasts predict the Fairbanks North Star Borough will be Alaska’s only region to see employment gains in 2018, in large part thanks to construction at Eielson Air Force Base. According to a report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the…

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Lockheed to make world’s 1st supersonic business jet

Lockheed Martin Corp., the maker of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp. to develop the world’s first supersonic business jet. Over the next year, the companies will draw up a plan for all phases of the program such…

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USAF finds F-35 maintainers outside A-10 fleet

The US Air Force no longer needs to rob its A-10 fleet’s maintainers to support the incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As, according to a Congressional report. The F-35 delivery plan currently outpaces the number of maintainers the USAF can maintain and recruit until fiscal year 2020….

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More than 30 F-35As to call Australia home

THE transformational nature of Australia’s F-35A Project came to the fore during 2017, with important milestones making it clear the fighter will change the way the ADF operates for decades to come. The first two of Australia’s 72 F-35A aircraft will call RAAF Base Williamtown…

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Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministry’s position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated…

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