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Marines: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Ready For War ~via Breaking Defense

Marines: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Ready For War ~via Breaking Defense

A Marine F-35B in vertical landing mode. WASHINGTON: The first variant of the most expensive weapons program ever is now officially ready for combat . In one of his last acts as Marine Corps Commandant, future Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford announced today that the Marine model of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35B vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) version, has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC). Don’t expect the F-35B to go to war any time soon , however. The Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis , has made clear he first wants to build up the single squadron of 10 planes now based in Yuma, Arizona and get a deeper bench of personnel beyond the current 50 pilots and 500 maintainers. The next squadron to switch to F-35Bs will do so next year, the third squadron in 2018. It’s worth noting that the F-35’s big brother, the F-22 –also a L...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/07/marines-f-35b-joint-st...

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