US Air Force F-35A hunters go to war for the first time because stealth jets join coalition strikes against the Islamic state in the Middle East
- Six F-35A & # 39; s left Friday from their home station at Hill Air Force Base in Utah
- They arrived on Monday at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates
- The jets will participate in coalition air operations against ISIS militants
- The F-35A model is billed as the most advanced military aircraft ever deployed
The US Air Force deployed its brand new F-35A stealth fighter jets to the Middle East for the first time.
At least six F-35A & # 39; s of the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings left from their home station at Hill Air Force Base in Utah last Friday.
They arrived on Monday at the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, where they will participate in coalition air operations against militants of the Islamic State, the USF Central Command announced in a press release.
& # 39; For those of us who have been in the F-35 (Lightning II) program for a while, this is a huge milestone, & # 39; told Col Lee Kloos, 388th FW commander, a group of Airmen for the launch last week.
& # 39; You are the first. We are proud of you and we are watching you as you bring the skills of this jet to support the defense of our nation. & # 39;
The US deployed brand new F-35A stealth fighter jets in the Middle East for the first time. One of the six aircraft can be seen on Monday at the Al Dhafra airbase in the United Arab Emirates
Six F-35A & # 39; s from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings left Hill Air Force Base in Utah on Friday. Members of Al Dhafra Air Base will be welcomed by the pilots on Monday
The new model is billed as the most advanced military aircraft ever airborne.
Thanks to & # 39; one of the most powerful and comprehensive integrated sensor packages & # 39; improves the jet & lt; lethality, chances of survival and adaptability to emerging threats to maintain air superiority & lt ;, said the press release.
USAFCC commander Lt. Gen. Joseph T Guastella said: & We are adding an advanced weapon system to our arsenal that significantly increases the capacity of the coalition.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen David L. Goldfein added: & # 39; The F-35A provides our national air control in every threat. When it comes to having a & # 39; quarterback & # 39; for the joint coalition force, the interoperable F-35A is clearly the aircraft for the leading role. & # 39;
The new F-35A model is announced as the most superior military aircraft ever airborne
The F-35A is the conventional take-off and landing variant of the jet and the first of the three versions for full service.
The F-35B, which is able to take off and land vertically, has only just been put into service and the F-35C, which specializes in aircraft carriers, has consistently lagged behind testing.
The F35A that was deployed earlier in April 2017 at the Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom, and in the fall of 2017 also in the area of responsibility of the US Pacific Command in Japan.
Although these are the first F35A & # 39; s used by the US Air Force to go to the Middle East, they are not new to the region, as Israel already uses 12 of the jets.
& # 39; We look forward to demonstrating the full range of capabilities of the F-35A, while increasing the interoperability of our forces throughout the region, & # 39; said Guastella.
The jets were deployed in the United Arab Emirates to participate in coalition air operations directed against militants from the Islamic State in the Middle East