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Deborah Lee James: Long-Term CR Would Give Air Force $13B Budget Hit

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said a long-term continuing resolution would force the service branch to operate “with over $13 billion less” and could affect some of its modernization programs in an interview with Air Force Times published Monday. James told Air Force Times reporter Stephen Losey the service branch would have …

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Report: Australia, Norway Ink Fighter Missile Tech Collaboration Pact

Australia and Norway signed a partnership agreement last week to build and embed a radio frequency seeker technology in Norwegian-made joint strike missiles designed to integrate with the F-35 aircraft, Defense News reported Monday. Lara Seligman writes Australia agreed to fund the project and chose BAE Systems‘ Australian arm to …

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DoD Plans Comparison Tests for F-35 & A-10 on Close-Air Support Capability

The Defense Department plans to test Lockheed Martin‘s F-35 fighter jet in a close-air support role alongside the A-10 Warthog to determine the jet’s capabilities compared to legacy aircraft, Defense News reported Sunday. Lara Seligman writes that the DoD Office of Operational Test and Evaluation will perform the comparison tests in 2018 as part of …

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Navy Eyes Increased Maritime Aircraft Presence in APAC

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy additional manned and unmanned maritime planes across the the branch’s Asia-Pacific operational area as part of a five-year navigation strategy, Flightglobal reported Tuesday. James Drew writes the military service wants to increase APAC presence of U.S. naval air platforms, including Northrop Grumman-built Triton and Fire …

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Frank Kendall: DoD, Partners Eye Savings With Planned F-35 Block Buy

The Defense Department is planning a three-year block buy of more than 400 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets beginning in 2018 as part of efforts to generate cost savings through bulk purchases, Defense News reported Friday. Brian Everstine writes that Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall indicated the international block buy plan would …

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