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F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by ramjet » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:03 pm

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --
The F-35A Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ today by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command.

Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability.

Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support, interdiction, and limited suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses in a contested environment with an operational squadron of 12-24 aircraft, the ability to deploy and conduct operational missions using program of record weapons and missions systems and having all necessary logistics and operational elements in place.

“I am proud to announce this powerful new weapons system has achieved initial combat capability,” Carlisle said. “The F-35A will be the most dominant aircraft in our inventory, because it can go where our legacy aircraft cannot and provide the capabilities our commanders need on the modern battlefield.”

The F-35A is the latest addition to ACC’s fleet of deployable and fifth generation aircraft. It provides air superiority, interdiction, suppression of enemy air defenses and close air support as well as great command and control functions through fused sensors, and will provide pilots with unprecedented situational awareness of the battlespace that will be more extensive than any single-seat platform in existence.

“Bringing the F-35A to initial combat readiness is a testament to our phenomenal Airmen and the outstanding support of the Joint Program Office and our enterprise partners. This important milestone for our fighter force ensures the United States, along with our allies and international partners, remains prepared to deter, deny, and defeat the full spectrum of growing threats around the globe," added Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force.

Gen. David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, said that dynamic new capability will benefit the joint warfighter.

"The combat ready F-35A is the latest fifth generation fighter aircraft in the Air Force's inventory and provides our nation air dominance in any environment. The F-35A brings an unprecedented combination of lethality, survivability, and adaptability to joint and combined operations, and is ready to deploy and strike well-defended targets anywhere on Earth," Goldfein said. "Today's declaration of IOC is an important milestone on the road to achieving full warfighting capability for the F-35A.”

The 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing, based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the service’s first operational F-35A squadron, having met all the established criteria for Initial Operational Capability including a successful June deployment to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and a series of eight-aircraft sorties held in mid-July. 34th FS Airmen will fly and maintain the F-35A alongside Air Force Reservists from Hill’s 419th Fighter Wing.

"Our Airmen have worked tirelessly to make sure our aircraft are combat ready: meeting challenges head-on and completing all the required milestones," said Col. David Lyons, 388th Fighter Wing commander. "We're very proud that the Air Force has declared us combat ready and we're prepared to take this aircraft wherever it's needed in support of our national defense."

Those sentiments were echoed by Col. David Smith, 419 FW commander. “It's an honor to fly and maintain the F-35 with our active duty counterparts here at Hill,” Smith said. “Our units were the first to fly combat-ready F-16s nearly 40 years ago and we're very proud to have made history once again in bringing the Air Force's newest fighter jet to IOC.”

For more information click this link: http://www.acc.af.mil/AirCombatCommands ... ogram.aspx
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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by Blackcat1 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:40 pm

Really!!??
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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by Pen Pusher » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:08 pm

US rules on testing the UK’s controversial new fighter jets are making it almost impossible to test effectively outside America, it has emerged.

According to the body in charge of military ranges, the aircraft’s advanced targeting scanner can only be used “in the US under very tight controls.”

The Defence Ranges Safety Committee told the Register that the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) can only be used where all optic devices are switched off within a 33km radius and there are no observers within 9km

An anonymous Ministry of Defence (MoD) civil servant said: “If these restrictions stand, then training in the UK will be almost impossible.”

A Royal Air Force (RAF) officer told the Register such restrictions are normal on US kit and may be relaxed over time. Other UK aircraft such as Typhoons and Tornados have US-sourced EOTS on them and are allowed to test normally.

Although there are a number of ranges in the north of England and off the coasts of Scotland and Wales where the scanner could be used within the rules, the UK’s F-35 team are said to be in talks with the US to have the issue reviewed.

The F-35 has been hit with a string of problems during its development including ejector seat and avionics issues.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon recently complained during a US visit that the process of bringing it into service was dragging on.

Speaking in Washington DC on July 21, Fallon urged the US to push forward with the deal.

Fallon said Britain is “chomping at the bit” to get on with the contracts, adding that the F-35 is the only jet which can be used on Britain’s forthcoming aircraft carriers.

A number of the Lockheed-produced F-35 aircraft are earmarked to serve on Queen Elizabeth Class carriers when the huge ships begin service in 2020.
https://www.rt.com/uk/354174-f35-targeting-testing-us/
There have also been questions as to whether its gun will be unable to fire until 2019 and concerns that the plane’s ejection system could kill pilots.

One test pilot has suggested that the aircraft handles worse in aerial combat than the 40 year old F16 fighter jet.

As recently as March, a software glitch was said to be taking the F-35’s radar offline.
https://www.rt.com/uk/349144-f35-fighter-stealth-jets/

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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by ramjet » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:14 pm

Russia today hmmmmm...... :)

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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by Skywatcher » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:17 pm

congratualtions to all involved ,F-35 is finally coming good :thumbs:
Won't be long hopefully to we have our Bs declared IOC fingers crossed :thumb: :thumbs:
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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by Blackcat1 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:21 pm

Hope it takes a while I don't want to see Tornado dissapear any quicker for that Fugly!!!!
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Re: F-35A Declared Combat Ready

Post by wolfie138 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:15 am

"Gen. Hawk Carlisle"
great name. sounds like he should be in GI Joe

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