A dozen US Air force F-35A stealth fighter aircraft will arrive next month at Kadena Air Base, on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, for its first deployment in Asia-Pacific region.
More than 300 airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — including pilots, maintainers and other personnel — will deploy to Kadena to support the F-35A aircraft for its six-month deployment schedule, Pacific Air Forces announced.
“The F-35A gives the joint warfighter unprecedented global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats while complementing our air superiority fleet,” said Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander. “The airframe is ideally suited to meet our command’s obligations, and we look forward to integrating it into our training and operations.”
The move, long anticipated, comes amid surging tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang’s ever-improving nuclear and missile programs.
Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James hinted in February that the service would deploy two separate “theater security packages” of F-35s by the end of 2017 – first to Europe, then to the Asia-Pacific, Defense News reports.
The US has already deployed F-35B short takeoff and landing variant permanently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, since January.
The US Air Forces first F-35 Lightning II operational wing has recently received five F-35A bulk ammunition loaders for field use. Airmen extensively tested one of the loaders June 6-9, 2017, during an engineering validation and verification evaluation, the service announced Wednesday
US Air Force has ended a restriction that prohibited pilots of a variant of the F-35 fighter jet from weighing less than 136 pounds. The restrictions were imposed after testing showed lightweight could injure pilots or even can be fatal while ejecting from the aircraft
The first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) F-35A has completed its maiden flight last week. The jet, known as AX-1, took off at 11:12am and landed at 12:46pm local time
The United States Forces Japan welcomed the first operational Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft to the Misawa Air Base during a commemoration ceremony, held on February 24. This is the second aircraft assembled at Mitsubishis facility in Nagoya, Japan
The first F-35A stealth fighter jet of Japans Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) is expected to be commissioned to the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture on Friday, Japanese media said quoting Defense Ministry officials Monday. The fighter was assembled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
The USAF and Japans Air Self-defense Force held drills with two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near North Korea in August. “Two US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew from Barksdale to conduct training with two Koku-Jieitai (Air Self-Defense Force) F-15 fighter jets over the Sea of Japan, Aug
Spain, Belgium and Italy have shown interest in a European fighter jet project announced by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in July. Airbus Defence and Space chief executive Dirk Hoke said Friday that France and German should "quickly" move forward with plans for a joint European fighter jet system to replace their current fighter jet fleet which may become obsolete in "about 15 years' time"
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