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U.S. to deploy Lockheed Martin`s F-35 fighter jets to Europe

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to deploy Lockheed Martin`s F-35 fighter jets to Europe, according to Defence Blog.

The head of U.S. Air Combat Command said Friday the U.S. Air Force`s F-35 joint strike fighter will soon fly over Europe, Defence Blog wrote.

”Europe is certainly a place that I think we would like to send that airplane so I can see that happening,” Gen. Herbert ”Hawk” Carlisle told reporters in Washington Friday morning.

Carlisle, the head of Air Combat Command, said the top priorities for the deployments are to non-combat zones where the fighters can play a valuable role with respect to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. That includes in Ukraine and NATO-allied countries worried about Russian President Vladimir Putin`s expansionist goals.

The F-35 is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters developed by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed is building three models of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. military and 10 countries that have already ordered the jets: Britain, Australia, Norway, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan.


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