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U.S. Air Force F-35As Conducts First Combat Employment

The U.S. Air Force conducted the first combat employment of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft as part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. The service said Tuesday that two of the fighter jets from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, performed an airstrike targeting a tunnel network and weapons cache controlled by the Islamic State group in the Hamrin Mountains. For the mission, the Air Force equipped the F-35As with a Joint Direct Attack Munition to support the airstrike.

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Air Force Fighters Enter CENTCOM Area for Mission

Air Force F-35A units arrived in the Middle East for the aircraft's first deployment in the branch's central command area. The jets, coming from the active duty 388th and the reserve 419th fighter wings, are preparing for the AFCENT mission, the Air Force said Monday.

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Hill AFB Uses Tablets to Streamline F-35A Aircraft Maintenance

Hill Air Force Base is employing new handheld tablets for use with maintenance activities on F-35A aircraft. The tablets integrate with Portable Maintenance Aid laptops that connect with the aircraft's Autonomic Logistics Information System, a platform that monitors and records the F-35's status information, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

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U.S. Air Force, Norway Complete Tests for F-35 Missile System Integration

The U.S. Air Force and Norway have completed several weapons development tests for the fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter‘s anti-surface warfare missile system. Norway will proceed with the integration and evaluation of the Joint Strike Missile after it has matured through ground, captive carriage and live-drop tests at Edwards Air Force Base, …

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Air Force Sets Next F-35A Air National Guard Bases

The U.S. Air Force has announced two preferred Air National Guard bases to receive the F-35A conventional takeoff-and-landing aircraft. The military branch said Thursday it expects the Truax Field base in Wisconsin and the Dannelly Field base in Alabama to begin accommodating F-35A jets in 2023. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, said the service …

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Shay Assad: DoD Begins In-Depth F-35 Cost Assessment

Shay Assad, director of defense pricing at the Defense Department, has said DoD has started a comprehensive cost review of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft to help officials find ways on how to further reduce the cost of the fighter jet, Defense News reported Tuesday. Assad told the publication Monday …

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