ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2017) An F-35C Lightning II assigned to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 101) launches from the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Josue Escobosa/Released)
The U.S. Navy has announced that a carrier-launched F-35 stealth fighter will be deployed on the USS Carl Vinson in 2021.
Citing testimony to Congress by rear admiral Scott Conn, the Director of Air Warfare in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Warrior Maven reports that the implementation could be accelerated. A 2019 budget proposal supports the F-35C’s transition from the development phase to the formal test and evaluation. The fighter would be declared operational later this year.
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“Stealth technology, and advanced, integrated systems make it possible the F-35C against rapidly changing air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. Whether the shipment is required in the execution of the strike, Close Air Support, counter-air, escort or electronic warfare, the F-35C is of vital importance for our future,” Conn said.
At 51 metres, the F-35C’s wing span is wider than that of the air force, the F-35A and Marine Corps’ F-35B, according to Warrior Maven.
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