Apr 15, 2017

Saturday Data: The F35 Fighter Jet

The U.S. Air Force will "deploy" the new jet internationally for the first time this weekend...to Europe.

The website www.defensenews.com broke the story:

"The Defense Department offered sparse details about the event, which will involve deploying a “small number” of F-35As from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to an undisclosed location in Europe.

The joint strike fighters will take off sometime this weekend. After landing, they will then spend several weeks in the region as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, the department’s effort to strengthen military ties with European allies to help deter Russian aggression on the continent." 

Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is one of those being considered for a contingent of the fighters. An inspection team from the Pentagon should be at the base in a matter of days.

The Trump Administration has objected to the cost of the fighter, and is attempting to negotiate a lower price per aircraft.

1 comment:

Jay Croft said...

"Negotiate," as in leaving out ejection seats, toilets, radar, etc for a lower price?