RAF F-35s take off for first overseas deployment

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Read: 691     15:25     21 May 2019    

F-35s from 617 Squadron have left the UK to deploy overseas for the very first time.


The fighter jets left RAF Marham to heading for RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where they will take part in Exercise LIGHTNING DAWN.

The exercise is designed to test the crew's ability to work in different environments, as well as stepping up preparations for its first operational carrier deployment later this year.

The F-35s will also take part in routine training sorties and are expected to train alongside allies in the region.

The arrival of the jets will be the first visit of any F-35 variant to Cyprus.

Announcing the deployment in April, then-Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said it was an "important milestone" in the jets becoming "fully operational".

There are three F-35 variants, A, B and C - the UK uses the B variant which is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing.

Britain currently owns 17, with a total of 138 expected to be bought.

The jets, which are believed to cost £190m each, have the ability to operate from both land and sea.

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RAF F-35s take off for first overseas deployment

2019/05/F-35B-Picture-RAF-1558435882.jpg
Read: 692     15:25     21 May 2019    

F-35s from 617 Squadron have left the UK to deploy overseas for the very first time.


The fighter jets left RAF Marham to heading for RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where they will take part in Exercise LIGHTNING DAWN.

The exercise is designed to test the crew's ability to work in different environments, as well as stepping up preparations for its first operational carrier deployment later this year.

The F-35s will also take part in routine training sorties and are expected to train alongside allies in the region.

The arrival of the jets will be the first visit of any F-35 variant to Cyprus.

Announcing the deployment in April, then-Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said it was an "important milestone" in the jets becoming "fully operational".

There are three F-35 variants, A, B and C - the UK uses the B variant which is capable of short takeoff/vertical landing.

Britain currently owns 17, with a total of 138 expected to be bought.

The jets, which are believed to cost £190m each, have the ability to operate from both land and sea.

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