Japanese Add F-35Bs to their Evolving Capabilities for Perimeter Defense

09/17/2019
The Japanese are working to enhance their capabilities for perimeter defense. To do so, they are adding Ospreys and F-35Bs to their force mix which will allow them to operate from sea or island bases or both in a rotational island strategy approach to defense. In an article by Andrew…

VMFA-122 Works the F-35B at Red Flag 19-3

09/08/2019
Marines assigned to VMFA-122 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma brought their F-35B Lightning II fighter jets to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., to participate in Red Flag 19-3. Nellis AFB Public Affairs July 17, 2019 The F-35 as a multi-domain rather than simply a multi-mission combat asset is…

HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Sail for the US for Next Phase of Operational Trials

08/31/2019
While the winds of Brexit pick up speed, HMS Queen Elizabeth heads to the United States for the next phase of its preparations for its first operational engagements in the early 2020s. According to a story published on the Ministry of Defence website on August 30, 2019, the event was…

SDB1 Arrives for the RAAF’s F-35s

08/18/2019
By Sergeant Max Bree and Corporal Mark Carter Bombing capacity of F-35As has quadrupled with the arrival of small diameter bombs introduced to No. 3 Squadron in June. The GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb, Increment 1 (SDB1), packs about 16kg of modern high explosive, guided by GPS-aided inertial navigation. Wing Commander Simon…

Poland and the F-35: First F-35s Land in Poland as Part of Rapid Forge Exercise

08/01/2019
Four U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft, deployed from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, landed at Powidz Air Base, Poland, July, 16, 2019. This is the first time that U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft have landed in Poland. With the arrival…

The F-35 Global Enterprise: Core Partners Training In-Country

07/29/2019
Australia has stood up its own F-35 training facilities for pilots and maintainers. And on July 15, 2019, the first Australian F-35 pilots training in Australia flew their jets for the first time. In an article published on July 26, 2019 and written by Andrew McLaughlin, this event was highlighted…

F35s Take Offs During Operation Rapid Forge

07/27/2019
U.S. Air Force F-35A Lighting II, assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron participates in Operation Rapid Forge. Rapid Forge aircraft are forward deploying to bases in the territory of NATO allies in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability. SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, RP, GERMANY 07.16.2019 Video by Airman 1st Class…