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Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 147 Gets Certification to Fly F-35Cs

The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron 147 has achieved certification to operate the F-35C Lightning II aircraft following the completion of qualification tests aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. The safe-for-flight operations certification that VFA 147 “Argonauts” received Wednesday comes as the Navy expects to achieve initial operating capability status for the F-35C program by the end of February, the service said Wednesday.
 

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Navy Conducts 1st F-35C Flight Operations Aboard USS Carl Vinson Carrier

The U.S. Navy‘s first F-35 Joint Striker Fighter variant underwent a flight exercise Oct. 18 aboard an aircraft carrier off the Southern California coast as the aircraft prepares to reach initial operating capability. F-35C Lightning II from the Strike Fighter Squadron 125 performed launch and recovery operations on the USS Carl Vinson as part …

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Air Force Assigns Personnel to New Space Operations Directorate

The U.S. Air Force has appointed 43 military, government civilian and contractor personnel to the service branch’s newly established Space Operations Directorate that will have an initial operating capability by Monday. Shawn Barnes, deputy director and legislative liaison within the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, will join …

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Defense News: Air Force Completes F-35 IOC Prep Work

The U.S. Air Force has finished all preparations to issue an initial operating capability declaration on a first squadron of the F-35 fighter jet, , Defense News reported Wednesday. Valerie Insinna writes the declaration for the Lockheed Martin-developed fighter aircraft could occur next week and 12 of the combat jets have received modifications to …

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Gen. Hawk Carlisle: Air Force Could Deploy F-35 Soon After IOC Declaration

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of the Air Combat Command, has said the U.S. Air Force‘s F-35 could deploy quickly this year if a combat mission calls for the jet’s assistance, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Anthony Capaccio writes Carlisle expects the Lockheed Martin-developed aircraft to reach initial operating capability within the August-to-December window. “The minute I …

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Reports: Gen. Hawk Carlisle Eyes IOC for F-35A Within August-December Window

The U.S. Air Force could determine an approval for initial operating capability of the service branch’s Lockheed Martin-built F-35A aircraft within the August-to-December window, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Colin Clark writes Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, has said he does not see a yellow flag or red flag in the program and noted that …

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Army to Seek Bids for Fort Gordon Cyber Hub Construction Project

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to launch a competitive two-step bidding process for the construction of U.S. Army cyber command and joint force headquarters at Fort Gordon in Georgia. A presolicitation notice posted Friday on FedBizOpps indicated that the Army will issue a firm-fixed-price contract for work to build a nonstandard command-and-control …

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