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The F-35B Lightning II, the fifth-generation American multi-tasking fighter, was first deployed outside the US. They will now serve in the US Marine Corps, the Japanese base of Iwakuni.

The first two F-35Bs departed yesterday from Yuma’s base in Arizona and one stop at the Elmendorf-Richardson base in Alaska, arriving safely in Japan without interruption. In the coming months, another 16 machines will join them.

The commencement begins the process of deploying modern fighters around the world, whose initial combat capabilities reached mid-2015.

As the service reminds us, they are not the first F-25s in Japan. The Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces have received the first F-35A version last year and the Tokyo government has ordered 42 such fighters, most of them (38), to be assembled at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagoya, Japan.

The F-35 is intended to be a universal machine, a multi-purpose fighter that will meet the needs of all types of troops in the US armed forces. Will be able to perform close support missions, bombing, or direct air combat. This range of capabilities will allow the F-35 to replace most of today’s used aircraft such as the A-10, F-16, Harrier and F / A-18.

In order for the aircraft to meet the requirements of various types of forces, it will be available in several versions adapted to the particular theater of warfare and the conditions under which it will serve in the future.

The basic version is the F-35A – a machine that will land and run in a conventional way (CTOL). It has gradually replaced the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10 Thunderbolt II. Machines marked with letters B and C will be capable of short take off and vertical landing. The F-35B will be designed for the United States Marine Corps and the British Royal Navy and Royal Navy. This aircraft will replace the AV-8B Harrier II and Harrier GR.7 / GR.9. The F-35C is an aircraft of the US Navy.

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This plane will not be the quickest or the quickest, but the air superiority will give it access to the latest advances in military technology in the field of armament or undetectable. In addition to the conventional outboard armament, the future is to equip the aircraft with a power weapon that will be placed in place of the fan for the vertical landing of the machine. The energy for this type of weapon will provide overwhelming power from the machine engine (about 20 MW).

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