The UK’s F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets are ready to be deployed on operations for the first time, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.
There are nine F-35s readyto be deployed on operations across the world. The F-35 Lightnings will form the backbone of the UK’s combat air fleet alongside the Typhoon jets which have been upgraded with a new weapons system, Williamson said at the RAF Marham base Thursday.
The Defence Secretary made the announcement in front of four different aircraft, in a brand-new maintenance hangar at RAF Marham, which he opened today along with a new training centre.
In addition to the Typhoon and F-35, the Tempest concept fighter jet model was also on show.
These facilities, along with resurfaced runways and new landing pads to accommodate the jet’s ability to land vertically, are a key part of the £550m being invested in the Norfolk base.
The Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said, “the successful integration of Stormshadow, Brimstone and Meteor on Typhoon completes and enhances the transition of world-class capabilities from Tornado and allows a stalwart of the RAF’s Combat Air inventory to retire from service”.
The United States will be sending a technical team in the coming weeks to Turkey to explain the risk to F-35 fighter jets from S-400 air defense systems. The US has been long urging Turkey to cancel its plans to purchase Russian-made S-400 anti-ballistic missile system citing concerns over flight safety of the F-35 aircraft
The United States (US) Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to purchase 12 upgraded Boeing F-15X fighter aircraft worth 1.2 billion as a part of modernisation program of US Air Force's (USAF) legacy fighter fleet and to supplement growing fleet of fifth-generation fighter aircraft
Lockheed Martin has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as a sub-contractor to manufacture wing skins for F-35 fighter jets. IAI has launched a new production line for skins for the F-35 wings
Lockheed Martin has won $712 million contract for the development of advanced hardware in support of the F-35 Lightning II Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) System. Efforts include the design of the TR3 System through full flightworthy certification, production readiness review, and fleet release to support low-rate initial production Lot 15 aircraft, the United States department of defense said in a statement Thursday
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