Saturday, April 15, 2017

US Air Force Deploys F-35 Fighter Jets To Europe For Training

F-35A Lightning II fighter jets from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation over the Utah Test and Training Range, March 30, 2017. Pentagon officials announced April 14, 2017, that the Air Force is deploying a small number of F-35A fighters to Europe for training. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

Defense News: US Air Force F-35s making first operational deployment to Europe this weekend

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A is deploying internationally for the first time this weekend, heading to Europe to conduct training exercises with NATO allies, the Pentagon announced Friday.

The Defense Department offered sparse details about the event, which will involve deploying a “small number” of F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to an undisclosed location in Europe.

The joint strike fighters will take off sometime this weekend. After landing, they will then spend several weeks in the region as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, the department’s effort to strengthen military ties with European allies to help deter Russian aggression on the continent.

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More News On The US Air Force Deploying F-35 Fighter Jets To Europe For Training

U.S. F-35s to make first operational deployment in Europe -- UPI
AF will deploy F-35A fighters to Europe for training -- US Air Force
U.S. sending F-35 fighters to Europe for training -Pentagon -- Reuters
Pentagon to deploy F-35 fighter jets to Europe for training -- Xinhuanet
USAF Operationally Deploying F-35A To Europe This Weekend For The First Time -- The Drive
Lockheed Martin's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Heads to Europe -- National Interest
Pentagon Announces Deployment of 5th-Gen F-35A Fighters to Europe -- Sputnik
US sending F-35 jets to Europe for ‘training’ -- RT

1 comment:

Matthew Dupuis said...

The weapon in the previous post was specifically redesigned to be carried by these planes. For all the talk about how poorly the F-35 performs against other aircraft, it is perfectly designed as a first strike weapon...And I'm sure the Russians are taking notice. It's like Red October without all the water.