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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 Lifts Weight Restrictions on F-35A Pilots

The U.S. Air Force has lifted a restriction that imposed a weight minimum of at least 136 pounds for F-35A pilots in an effort to prevent neck injury during ejections. The service branch said Monday three modifications were implemented on the F-35A escape system in an effort to boost safety for all …

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Leo Davies: F-35 Helps Drive Australia’s Force ‘Interoperability’ with US, Regional Partners

Leo Davies, chief of Australia’s air force, has said he believes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will help increase connections between the armed forces of Australia, the U.S. and regional allies, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Davies told a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the F-35 offers interoperability …

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USAF Concludes 1st F-35A Flight Training Deployment in Europe

U.S. Air Force pilots from the 34th Fighter Squadron and supporting units from Hill Air Force Base in Utah flew eight F-35As at a military air base near Lakenheath, England, as part of the aircraft’s first training deployment to Europe. The service branch said Monday that the squadron performed approximately 76 sorties throughout …

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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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Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan: F-35 Cost-Reduction Options List Now Up for Review With DoD Secretary

Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the F-35 joint program office, has said an “affordability compendium” that outlines initiatives on how to reduce the fighter program’s costs has now been handed to Defense Secretary James Mattis for review, Defense News reported Thursday. Valerie Insinna writes Bogdan said in a speech delivered Wednesday …

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Reports: Trump Proposes $1.1T Federal Budget for FY 2018, Requests $30B in FY 2017 Supplemental Military Funds

President Donald Trump has proposed to Congress a $1.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018 and requested $30 billion in supplemental military funds for FY 2017, Defense News reported Thursday. Joe Gould writes the White House’s FY 2018 budget plan would provide the Defense Department with $639 billion, which includes $574 billion for DoD’s base …

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