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F-35 - International Participation

Discussion in 'Air Force & Aviation' started by OPSSG, Apr 13, 2012.

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  1. ngatimozart

    ngatimozart Super Moderator Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    South Korea is reported to be receiving another four F-35A this week, bringing the number in country to eight. South Korea is yet to make public any announcement regarding it's progress on introducing a F-35B capability. Meanwhile it is reported that Japan has confirmed an order for 42 F-35B which it will acquire in addition to the approx 105 F-35A that it is acquiring.

    Seoul to receive four more F-35As, as Tokyo confirms F-35B
     
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    F-35 set for laser boost
    This comes from Fox News and is about the U.S.M.C f35b having lasers used on the surface of the aircraft to achieve a consistent unblemished finish perhaps aiding in its application of stealth , I have a memory of when the reunification of Germany came and pilots had access to the East German fighters like the Mig29 they at first were dubious of its quality because the surface of the aircraft was inconsistent from its construction but the comments during testing of the aircraft believed this may in face have aided the aircrafts maneuverability
     
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    Busy week in embarked F-35B world.

    USS AMERICA did a spell in Lightning Carrier mode last week as part her predeployment workups with 13 jets embarked. In this mode all bar a company or two of ground forces are left ashore. Ship soon to depart for Japan to replace WASP.

    Also, a few hours ago HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH landed on the first two of 10 jets (six UK, four USA) as part of her second round of F-35B trials. Remaining jets to embark over the next day or two.

    First ship's workups were off California, the second off the US southeast coast.

    Official USN/MC and RN pics attached.
     

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