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3rd MAW trains for modern island hopping campaign

Aircraft and personnel from the USMC’s 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing have participated in an island hopping campaign as part of advanced naval base training, which was conducted during Exercise Summer Fury 21

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USMC F-35Bs damaged in lightning strike over Japan

A pair of USMC-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs have been damaged after the two fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters were recently struck by lightning in the vicinity of Makurazaki, Japan

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CSG21: Embarked F-35B fighters have 80% availability

The combined UK and US F-35B air wing embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment has an 80% availability rate, however sustainment questions continue to surround the US-led stealth fighter programme

USMC starts divesting RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

As part of the radical re-organisation of the USMC under the Force Design 2030 programme, the service has retired its first two Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

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Marshall returns first overhauled KC-130J to USMC

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has completed and redelivered the first USMC Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tactical tanker-transport to undergo a planned maintenance interval at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Cambridge, UK

Nine more CH-53Ks ordered for USMC

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has been awarded a contract to build nine more CH-53K King Stallion in a deal which also includes a contract option for a further nine of these heavy-lift transport helicopters

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Behind-the-scenes with the KC-130Js of VMGR-352

We recently spent time with the USMC’s Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) 'Raiders', one of the most combat-ready Hercules squadrons in the world

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Recapping the fly-off between Boeing's X-32 and Lockheed's X-35

Back in 2000, the most valuable fighter fly-offs in modern times took place between the Boeing X-32 and Lockheed X-35, as we explain

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Which US military aircraft supported the President's recent UK visit?

We examine the logistics required for the success of Joe Biden's first visit to the UK as the US President for the G7 Summit, which - as expected - required a lot of airlift support

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What's in the 2022 US Defense Budget?

We look at the pros and cons of the recently released US Defense Budget request for the coming financial year