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Stealthy F-35 fighter see 1st combat action

The stealthy F-35 fighter jet is equipped with a combat air assault for the first time.

(U. S. Marine Corps)

The stealthy F-35 fighter jet is equipped with a combat air assault for the first time, the result of years of development and the expectation of the aircraft moved to the battlefield.

A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, took off from the amphibious assault vessel Essex and launched an airstrike Thursday against Taliban targets in the afghan Province of Kandahar in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

“It was a successful attack,” a defense official said, as AFP reported.

The unit is assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

There are multiple versions of the F-35 for the air force, navy and Marine Corps. The supersonic Naval version can over a short distance and land vertically, like a helicopter.

AFP reported that the device has a radar evading stealth technology, supersonic speed, close air support capabilities, airborne agility, and a huge array of sensors, giving pilots unprecedented access to information.

A Marine F-35B Lightning took off from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship, and launched an airstrike Thursday against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The unit is assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

(U. S. Marine Corps)

Launched in the beginning of the 1990s, the F-35 is considered to be the most costly weapons system, at an estimated $400 billion and a target for the production of 2,500 aircraft in the next few years.

The total costs are expected to rise to $1.5 trillion, as soon as the service and maintenance costs for the F-35 are taken into account in the control of the aircraft, the service life of the by 2070, AFP reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor related geopolitical, military, crime, technology, and sports for FoxNews.com. His e-mail is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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