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Report: Germany Seeks Classified F-35 Data from Pentagon

Germany has asked the U.S. Defense Department through a letter to provide classified data on the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft as the country’s air force prepares to replace its fleet of Tornado jets between 2025 and 2035, Reuters reported Wednesday. A group of officers within the German air force …

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Report: Trump’s Proposed Fiscal 2018 Defense Budget Would Fund 9 Combat Ships

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 would allocate $603 billion in funds for defense, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. Government officials told Bloomberg that the proposed defense budget would appropriate funds for the acquisition of nine warships that include the addition of one DDG-51 Flight III guided-missile destroyer ship built by Huntington …

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Air Force Pilots Test 3.2B Update to F-22 Raptor Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force’s 411th Flight Test Squadron has used F-22 Raptors to launch air-to-air missiles against as part of a 3.2B developmental test and evaluation upgrade to the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft. The service branch said Thursday that the AIM-9 and AIM-120 missiles were used to engage multiple BQM-167A sub-scale aerial targets during tests held last month at …

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IARPA Kicks Off Quantum Computing Tech R&D Project

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched an effort to research and develop “quantum enhanced” computers. The Quantum Enhanced Optimization program aims to develop technology that can speed up the training of machine learning algorithms; support circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits; and accelerate optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks, the Office of …

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US National Security Adviser HR McMaster Talks to Indian Officials About Bilateral Cooperation

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss topics such as defense and counterterrorism cooperation between the U.S. and India. McMaster, a U.S. Army lieutenant general, also spoke with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the U.S. embassy in India said Tuesday. The Indian officials discussed how both countries could help address regional peace and stability challenges …

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force May Discard Plans to Qualify 2nd Ejection Seat for F-35A

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy to the Air Force‘s assistant secretary for acquisition, has said the service branch is likely to scrap plans to qualify a second ejection seat for the Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft if the Martin-Baker-made US16E seat meets all requirements, Defense News reported Monday. Bunch told Defense News in …

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Air Force Deploys F-35As to England for NATO Training Exercises

The U.S. Air Force has fielded several Lockheed Martin-built F-35A Lightning II aircraft in England for the first time to carry out training exercises with NATO member countries, the Defense Department said Saturday. The F-35A fighter jets from the 419th and 388th fighter wings at Hill Air Force Base in Utah …

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Sean Stackley: Super Hornet Block III Upgrade Could Complement Navy’s F-35Cs

Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy, has said Boeing‘s proposed Block III  version of the Super Hornet aircraft could supplement the carrier variant of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Stackley told Breaking Defense’s Sydney Freedberg in an interview that he believes the Super Hornet’s payload will be a “good” complement to the …

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