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Report: Army Eyes Expanded Mission for Integrated Air & Missile Defense Battle Command System

The U.S. Army aims to expand operations of the battle command system of its future Integrated Air and Missile Defense platform, Defense News reported Friday. The IAMD Battle Command System was originally designed to serve as the command-and-control system for IAMD, which is under development to replace the Army’s existing Patriot missile defense systems. …

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Israel Announces Operational Readiness of F-35s

The Israeli air force has declared that its fleet of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter aircraft is ready for combat operations. Israel’s F-35s, named Adir, obtained initial operational capability after a year of training, which began when the country received its first aircraft in December 2016, Israel’s defense forces said Wednesday. …

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GAO: Navy Should Update Policy to Address Ship Defects

The Government Accountability Office has urged the U.S. Navy to revise its ship delivery policy to keep defective and incomplete ships from entering the service branch’s operational fleet. GAO said in a report published Monday it evaluated six Navy ships and found that the vessels were incomplete or showed quality problems …

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Air Force’s 100th F-35 Arrives at Luke Air Force Base

The U.S. Air Force has received its 100th Lockheed Martin-built F-35 with the fighter aircraft’s delivery to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona Friday. The service branch said Saturday the milestone follows the declaration of initial operational capability on the F-35 Lightning II program and activation of the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke AFB. “There are …

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Air Force’s Randall Walden: B-21 Aircraft Dev’t Contract Value Should Remain Classified

Randall Walden, director and program executive officer of the U.S. Air Force’s rapid capabilities office, has said the value of the engineering, manufacturing and development contract for the B-21 Long-Range Strike Bomber aircraft should remain classified, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Richard Whittle writes Walden said at a Mitchell Institute event that …

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