Eastern Libyan Forces Attack a “Turkish Plane”; Two Car Bombs of ISIS; 400 F-35s; OmegA Rocket

Eastern Libyan forces attack Tripoli airport for second night

Eastern Libyan forces on Thursday conducted an air strike for a second night on the military section of the only functioning airport of the Libyan capital, Reuters reports.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) force of Khalifa Haftar, which controls eastern Libya, has tried to take the capital held by the internationally recognised government in a two-month offensive but has failed to breach defences in southern suburbs.

The LNA late on Thursday attacked the military part of the airport, targeting a “Turkish plane,” the force said in a statement. No more information was immediately available.

Islamic State claims car bombs at Libya’s eastern forces camp in Derna

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for two car bomb explosions that targeted a military unit belonging to the eastern forces of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Derna earlier this week, the group’s Al-Nabaa newspaper said.

At least 18 people were wounded in the explosions in the eastern coastal city, a medical source and residents told Reuters.

400 F-35, and Counting

Speaking of the F-35. Lockheed Martin has built more than 400 of them, nearly half for the Air Force, and the company expects to build 131 more this year, Defense One reported. Here’s the breakdown:

  • 283 F-35As, the conventional-takeoff-and-landing version being purchased by the U.S. Air Force and most allies.
  • 87 F-35Bs, the jump-jet that can take off from short runways and amphibious ships, being purchased by the U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Air Force, Italy and Japan.
  • 30 F-35Cs, the aircraft carrier version being purchased by the U.S. Navy.

Northrop Tests OmegA Rocket

The company said it has successfully tested the first stage of its rocket with odd capitalization in its name, Defense one reported.

Northrop Grumman is pitching OmegA to the U.S. Air Force to launch national security payloads. In case you were wondering, this is what it looks like when a rocket producing more than 2 million pounds of thrust is fired horizontally into the side of a mountain.

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Source: Defense One, Reuters