31 May '13, 4pm

Pentagon: First F-35s Operational in 2015

WASHINGTON — The F-35 joint strike fighter will be operational for the US Marines in December 2015, followed by the Air Force in December 2016 and the Navy in February 2019. The initial operational capacity (IOC) dates were delivered to Congress on May 31 and announced shortly thereafter. IOC will be achieved for each service when they “acquire enough aircraft to establish one operational squadron with enough trained and equipped personnel to support the various missions prescribed by each service,” according to a Pentagon news release. The size of each squad varies from service to service, with 10 aircraft for the Marines, 12 for the Air Force and 10 for the Navy, according to their service-specific releases. Of the 2,443 F-35 jets the US plans to purchase, 1,763 will be the Air Force F-35A conventional takeoff model. The 2016 IOC date for the USAF is earlier than previou...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130531/DEFREG02/3053...

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