US Air Force deploy F-35A jets to the Middle East for the first time

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The US Air Force F-35A arrived in the Middle East on April the 15th.


The F-35A Lightning IIs are from active duty 388th and reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

“We are adding a cutting edge weapons system to our arsenal that significantly enhances the capability of the coalition,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, US Air Forces Central Command commander.

“The sensor fusion and survivability this aircraft provides to the joint force will enhance security and stability across the theater and deter aggressors. The F-35A is designed with the entire battlespace in mind, and is intended to fuse, integrate and share data with other battlefield assets.

It has one of the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor packages. It improves lethality, survivability and adaptability against emerging threats in order to maintain air superiority.”

US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, said in a release.

“The F-35A provides our nation air dominance in any threat. When it comes to having a ‘quarterback’ for the coalition joint force, the inter-operable F-35A is clearly the aircraft for the leadership role.”

The F-35A has previously deployed to Royal Air Force Lakenheath in April 2017, as well as the US Pacific Command area of responsibility in the autumn of 2017.

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