Tag: International

 

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has flown in combat

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft has reached a new milestone. The stealth fighter jet built at Lockheed Martin’s sprawling west Fort Worth campus has been flown for the first time in combat. Israeli Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin disclosed this week that the planes…

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Senate panel targets Turkey’s participation in F-35 program

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s version of an annual defense policy bill has three provisions targeting Turkey, a NATO ally with which the United States has had increasing tensions. Two provisions in the committee’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) relate to Turkey’s…

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House introduces bill to halt F-35 sale to Turkey

House Foreign Affairs Committee member David Cicilline (D-R.I.) is renewing last year’s efforts to block an F-35 fighter jet sale to Turkey over its military aggression toward U.S.-backed forces and concerns the NATO ally is becoming too cozy with Russia. Cicilline on Thursday introduced a…

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Lockheed Offers F-22, F-35 Hybrid For Japan

Lockheed Martin plans to offer a hybrid stealth fighter design based on its F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” Reuters reported quoting unnamed sources Friday. Lockheed Martin…

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F-35A Lightning II Joins Misawa Air Base

The United States Forces Japan welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft to the Misawa Air Base during a commemoration ceremony, held on February 24. This is the second aircraft assembled at Mitsubishi’s facility in Nagoya, Japan. “I am ecstatic…

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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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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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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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US, South Korea Begin Massive Military Exercises

The United States and South Korea launched a massive joint military air exercise on Monday amid increased tensions with North Korea over its nuclear program and recent ballistic missile tests. The five-day Vigilant Ace exercise includes some 12,000 military personnel and 230 aircraft – including…

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