The British F-35 will be sent overseas or used to combat the Islamic State.

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 The British F-35 will be sent overseas or used to combat the Islamic State.


Reference News Network reported on April 10 that foreign media said that Britain may soon become the third country to use F-35 stealth fighter after Israel and the United States.

The U.S. National Interest bimonthly website reported on April 8 that the British government announced on the same day that British F-35B fighter planes will leave the Royal Air Force Malem base in Norfolk later this year for Cyprus and be sent overseas for the first time.

Reported that the Royal Air Force fighter planes took off from two bases to carry out the task of attacking the Middle East Islamic militants. A group of British military aircraft took off from the Acrotiri base in Cyprus. Another expedition fleet departed from Udaid Air Base in Qatar. Deployment to Cyprus makes it possible for the Royal Air Force F-35 to go into action.

The Royal Air Force currently has 17 F-35Bs, and the 617 Squadron is the first active combat readiness unit in the UK to fly the aircraft.

The British Air Force plans to purchase 138 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, which will work with similar numbers of European Typhoon fighter jets for a long time to come. In addition to taking off from land bases, by the end of 2019, British F-35 fighter planes will begin taking off and operating from two Queen Elizabeth carriers of the Royal Navy.

DATA FIGURE: When British pilots flew F-35B stealth fighter for the first time, they took off from the aircraft carrier Queen.

Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023