DoD Buzz: First Amphibious Ship Built for F-35 to Conduct Tests with Jet
ARNBOROUGH, England –The U.S. Marine Corps is months away from conducting crucial at-sea tests with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that will zero in on the aircraft’s ability to operate from a ship and the logistics of maintenance underway.
Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on Monday, the commanding officer of Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1), Col. George Rowell, said the unit was gearing up for Developmental Test 3 for the F-35B short take-off and vertical lift variant of the aircraft.
The three-and-a-half week exercise will begin in October and take place aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), the first in a new class of ships built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. and with key design elements to accommodate the fifth-generation fighter made by Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Update: Troubled Waters: F-35 to Undergo Tests Aboard New Amphibious Ship (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: I am sure the US Marines are looking forward to this.