Tag: National News

 

Bill secures missile defense, icebreakers, F-35s

EXCERPTS – The latest National Defense Authorization Act requires 20 new ground-based missile interceptors at Fort Greely near Fairbanks, additional F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base and the construction of six new icebreakers to serve an Arctic increasingly seen as threatened by Russia’s buildup of…

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CR will ‘slow down versus stop’ F-35 progress

Washington – While the F-35 program will move forward at pace even if funded through a continuing resolution, development and testing activities will slow down starting around April 2018 if a CR extends into spring, the head of the program office warned Wednesday. “As we’ve…

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U.S. Air Force to receive fully operational F-35A squadron

The U.S. Air Force is poised to activate its first fully combat capable squadron of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets following completion of software upgrades. The 34th Fighter Squadron located at Hill Air Force Base in Utah is expected to receive the first F-35s equipped with the finalized Block 3F…

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Lockheed Martin given $3.7 billion towards 50 F-35s

Lockheed Martin Corp was awarded a $3.7 billion interim payment for fifty F-35 jet fighters that are earmarked for non-U.S. customers, the Pentagon said on Friday. Lockheed and its partners have been producing the jets under a placeholder agreement known as an “undefinitized contract action.”…

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Researchers hunt for clues in F-35 stealth fighter issue

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE  –  The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson will hunt for answers to determine if on-board oxygen generation equipment on the nation’s newest multi-million dollar stealth fighter caused pilots to experience a loss of oxygen in flight. Researchers expected to start…

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F-35 software development to finish by end of 2017

The F-35 Lightning II is nearing completion of its Systems Development and Demonstration phase as the airframe passes 100,000 hours in flight time. The F-35 Lightning II is nearing completion of its Systems Development and Demonstration phase as the airframe passes 100,000 hours in flight time, Lockheed…

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Alaska Prepares To House F-35 Fighter Jets

The F-35 aircraft is advertised as the best fighter jet ever. It’s also the most expensive. The contractor for the plane is ramping up production of the aircraft and that means they’ll have to be based somewhere. In Alaska, preparations are underway to house the…

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2017 Great American Defense Communities showcased

The Great American Defense Community Program program was designed by the Association of Defense Communities in conjunction with the House and Senate Defense Communities Caucuses to recognize and celebrate communities whose exceptional commitment to improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families as a model for…

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Going to a July 4 parade in Utah? Look up!

Are you going to a July 4 parade in Utah? Look up. You may see an F-35. A fighter wing from Hill Air Force Base plans to fly the new F-35 jet over parades on the Fourth of July. Two jets flown by pilots from the…

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34th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB receives final F-35

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFNS) – The 34th Fighter Squadron and 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Hill Air Force Base accepted its final two combat-coded F-35A Lightning lls June 21, 2017. The addition of the 24th and final aircraft means the units have their full…

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