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Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Posted April 23, 2014 by Rod McGuirk

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian…

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Headlines May 23, 2014

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Business: Success for first Aegis Ashore missile launch – The first launch of an anti-ballistic missile from a new shore-based version of the classic Aegis missile system was successfully carried out May 20 in Hawaii.   U.S. Navy looking to boost CH-53K helicopter sales by 50 percent – U.S. Navy is in talks with other governments to boost…

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Headlines July 3, 2014

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News: Air Force sued over F-35 basing decision – The U.S. Air Force is being sued by a coalition of residents in Vermont who say the decision to base new F-35 fighters out of a local airport will be a nuisance and a potential safety risk.   Business: NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful…

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Headlines August 6, 2014

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News: Victim of Afghanistan insider attack identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene – The first American general officer to be killed by hostile fire in combat since Sept. 11 has been identified as Maj. Gen. Harold Greene. Billionaire Elon Musk chooses south Texas for SpaceX Launchpad – Billionaire Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. plans to build…

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News Briefs September 11, 2014

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U.S. airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles The U.S. military says it launched five more airstrikes in support of Iraqi government troops and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha Dam against fighters of the Islamic State group that controls parts of northern and western Iraq. Central Command says that a combination of U.S. attack, fighter…

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Headlines October 13, 2014

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News: Turkey approves U.S. use of its bases to fight ISIS – Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, American defense officials said Oct. 12. Oil leak caused April Predator crash in…

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News Briefs Nov 12, 2014

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California candidate leads in race after death A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash. Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea told the Bakersfield Californian Nov. 10 that votes are still being counted, but 68-year-old Michal Hill is a…

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Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

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A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor…

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News Briefs January 30, 2015

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Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi…

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News Briefs March 9, 2015

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Anti-drone protesters try to block pilots at Nevada air base Anti-drone protesters gathered to block access to a US Air Force base in southern Nevada. Officials said more than a hundred people assembled March 6 outside the Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. Organizers said protesters stood or laid down on the road in…

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