Recep Tayyip Erdogan expects F-35 jets ‘sooner or later’ despite Russian missiles purchase

May 19 (UPI) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he expects F-35 jets will be delivered “sooner or later” to his nation despite a deal with Russia to purchase the S-400 surface-to-air missile system. Turkey is among nine countries developing the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter but the United States has opposed shipment of the stealth jets ...

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Bell Boeing awarded $42.2M ffor engineering, technical support for V-22

May 17 (UPI) — Bell Boeing was awarded a $42.2 million contract for engineering and technical support for the V-22 Osprey flight control system and on-aircraft avionics for the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract includes fleet software sustainment, the U.S. Defense Department announced Thursday. The V-22 is built jointly by Bell Helicopter Textron and Boeing Defense, Space ...

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U.S. guided-missile destroyers McFaul, Gonzalez enter Persian Gulf

May 17 (UPI) — Two Navy guided-missile destroyers, the USS McFaul and USS Gonzalez, have entered the Persian Gulf as the United States beefs up its military presence in the region amid increased tensions with Iran. The ships traveled through the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday afternoon without challenge from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy, Pentagon defense officials confirmed ...

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GenDyn tapped for 120mm tank ammunition for Iraq

May 16 (UPI) — General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded a $92.4 million contract to produce 120mm ammunition cartridges for Iraq’s tanks. Work locations and funding will be determined for each order under the modification to a previous foreign military sales contract, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday. The deal is set to run through October 16, 2022. ...

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