An airman launches an F-35B fighter from the deck of the USS Essex in the Indian Ocean in 2018. San Diego-based Cubic Corp. received a contract to build data links for the F-35. File photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.

An airman launches an F-35B fighter from the deck of the USS Essex in the Indian Ocean in 2018. San Diego-based Cubic Corp. received a contract to build data links for the F-35. File photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps.

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