The next three short takeoff, vertical landing F-35B Lightning II aircraft recently left the Lockheed Martin manufacturing facility in the UK.
In a press release on Friday, Allan Marshall, Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group of the Royal Air Force, said the new stealth fighter planes would increase the UK’s fleet to 21 F-35s.
“I look forward to her arrival in the UK in the coming days,” added the news.
According to the UK’s Royal Air Force website, the F-35B Lightning fighter aircraft is currently operating alongside the Typhoon. Lightning is a multipurpose machine that can perform air-to-air missions, electronic warfare, intelligence gathering, and air-to-air missions at the same time.
The fifth generation fighter jet combines advanced sensors and mission systems with low-observability or “stealth” technology that enables it to operate undetected in enemy airspace. The integrated sensors, the sensor fusion and the data link provide the pilot with unparalleled situational awareness. The pilot can share the information collected by the jet with other platforms via secure data connections and / or use the information for the use of weapons or electronic means.
The Lightning’s short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) capability enables it to operate with the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and ships of Allied Nations, as well as with short runways.
Our next 3 F-35B Lightning II planes have left the @LockheedMartin factory flown by pilots from @ OC617Sqn and @ OC207Sqn. This increases the UK fleet to 21 F-35s thanks to @DefenceES @ theF35JPO and many others. I look forward to her arrival in the UK in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/BkpkV30fhP
– AOC 1 Gp (@AlMarshallRAF) November 27, 2020