Saab offers GlobalEye system to Finland with Gripen aircraft proposal

June 17 (UPI) — Saab has offered Gripen aircraft and GlobalEye early warning planes in response to Finland’s request for fighter plane procurement, the Swedish aerospace company said. Finland seeks to increase its fighter plane capability and is expected to make a procurement decision by 2021, the company said Friday in a press release. Supported by the Swedish government, the ...

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House committee includes funding for Space Corps in defense bill

June 14 (UPI) — The House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment for funding in the defense spending bill for a Space Corps. The committee unanimously passed the measure after a one-hour debate. In a 21-hour markup session that ended late Thursday, the National Defense Authorization Act was passed by 33 votes to 24. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., offered the ...

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Air Force F-35A squadron from Utah deploys to Germany

June 14 (UPI) — A squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter planes from Hill AFB, Utah, deployed to Germany for training and exercises, the Air Force announced. The aircraft, and pilots, crewmen and technicians of the 421st Fighter Squadron traveled to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, this week, after arriving at Aviano Air Base in Italy on May 23 to participate ...

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U.S. House committee rejects low-yield nukes in defense bill

June 13 (UPI) — The House Armed Services Committee rejected two Republican amendments to the defense appropriations bill for additional funding and deployment of low-yield nuclear warheads. After a heated debate during markup of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday, the committee voted to reject the amendments in two 30-26 votes. Democrats hold a 31-26 majority on the ...

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