Tuesday, August 2, 2016

USAF gives F-35 IOC clearance

Fifteen years after development began and ten years after it first took flight, the F-35 fighter is operational with the U.S. Air Force.

Today's announcement of initial operational capability (IOC) for the F-35A is arguably the most important milestone in the fighter's evolution, because the Air Force will buy over 70% of the plane's domestic production run (1,763 of 2,443 aircraft), and its variant is the version that the vast majority of overseas allies will acquire.
The milestone means that the service can now send its first operational F-35 formation — the 34th Fighter Squadron located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — into combat operations anywhere in the world.

The long road, which began in 2001, has been fraught with crippling design flaws, numerous technical problems, and jaw-dropping costs. Lockheed Martin, considered a bellwether for the US defense sector, is expected to generate nearly a fifth of its $50 billion in 2016 sales solely from the F-35 program.
The F-35 is a fifth-generation aircraft, which means it integrates advanced stealth, sensor fusion, digitally-optimized flight performance, net-enabled operations and automated logistics in a multirole aircraft. Officials say the F-35 will give the US military the ability to detect enemy aircraft and other threats far beyond current ranges, allowing the jets to strike targets and disappear long before they are detected.
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