For the first time, a F-35 fighter jet will play a major role in a military exercise. This a big step for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet as military exercises expose weapons and pilots to more real-world battle scenarios.
Previously, the F-35 was used sparingly in military exercises. As noted above, this time the military aircraft will be featured with a major role in the training exercises.
This military exercise - named "Green Flag West" - runs through June 12. According to a report from Reuters, "The exercise includes about 5,000 U.S. military personnel with land, sea and ground forces all working together to fight a "near peer" enemy such as China or Russia, although no specific countries are named, he said. and features about 5,000 military personnel from land, air and sea forces."
Air Force officials expect participation from one or two F-35 A-model jets in the exercises each day, along with F-16 fighter planes, A-10 gunships and other weapons.
When speaking about the importance of the F-35 fighter jet participating in these military exercises, General Herbert Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, said, "You've got to get past just the theoretical ... to get it into the fog and friction of a dynamic environment that is changing rapidly."
In the past, there have been reports of issues and shortcomings of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. However, in this news report from Reuters, the military aircraft received positive reviews.
Here's a F-35A fighter jet video we shared previously on a Heroes in Action blog post here on Hero Giveaways.
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