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Hawk Carlisle: Air Force Eyes Strategies to Adapt F-35 for Visual Confirmation

Hawk Carlisle
Hawk Carlisle

Gen. Hawk Carlisle, chief of Air Combat Command, has said the U.S. Air Force is considering different strategies to help F-35 fighter jets complete missions if it is to obtain visual confirmations of targets, Air Force Times reported Sunday.

Carlisle told a Center for Strategic and International Studies event that the F-35 might sometimes need to visually confirm its target even if it engages long-range objects, Phillip Swarts reports.

“We are doing everything in our power — again, strengths of what the United States brings and what our air power brings — we’re doing everything in our power to use everything we can to do situational awareness, which includes combat ID and positive ID on what that adversary is,” he said during the event.

Carlisle added that electronic identification and satellite imaging technologies could help identify hostile objects, according to the report.

He said the F-35 is built for air-to-air combat and not “for dogfighting,” Air Force Times reports.

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