The US military set up a new fighter squadron at Iwate base in Japan and added 16 f35bs

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 The US military set up a new fighter squadron at Iwate base in Japan and added 16 f35bs


On October 16, the U.S. Marines reassigned an existing unit of the Iwate air station as the no.242 fighter Attack Squadron of the Marine Corps, the second F-35B Fighter Squadron deployed overseas, according to a press release issued by the US Marine Corps on October 23. The first overseas deployment was the 121st fighter Attack Squadron, which arrived at the Iwate air station in 2017.

The F-35B is a sub model of the F-35 series with short take-off / vertical landing capability

In addition to the new model, the squadron also changed its commander. At a ceremony on the same day, Lt. Andrew clemen handed over the unit to Lt. Michael weisch.

The F-35B fighter is an improved Marine Corps type of F-35 series fighters. It has the ability of short-range take-off and vertical landing, which enables it to take off and land from amphibious attack ships. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-35B, said the cost of each sub model of the F-35B was about $102 million. The F-35B will eventually replace the Marines AV-8B Harrier, f / A-18 Super Hornet and EA-6B.

The F-35B gives us the ability to dominate the sky and the ocean and to show our presence. The plane is an expeditionary combat platform that opens the door for marines and joint forces, the US Marine Corps quoted brigadier general Chris mcphilps, commander of the first Marine Corps aircraft wing based in Okinawa, Japan, as saying. It is not accidental to establish the F-35B base in Japan. The priority of this aircraft is to deploy to this area. This is our commitment to Japan and the region.

The report also mentioned that Japan has several f-35a fighters in the list, and is in the process of transforming the cloud class helicopter carrier to accommodate the F-35B fighters. According to Lockheed Martin, Japan agreed to buy 147 F-35 fighters in 2018.

In fact, before that, the Japanese media had disclosed that the US military would deploy more F-35B fighters at the Iwate base in October. Japans Kyodo News Agency reported on September 28 that Miyagawa Jun, head of the local adjustment Department of Japans defense ministry, met with shohiro Fujida, director of the general affairs department of the Yamaguchi county government on the 28th. He told the US side that it would take about half a year to deploy an additional top-notch stealth fighter F-35B to the iwoko base.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }The U.S. military will upgrade 12 f / A-18 fighters to 16 f-35bs in phases. Miyagawa said that in order to focus on the transition work, the deployed f / A-18 fighters will be stopped and 12 f / A-18 troops will be dispatched from the United States mainland. Miyagawa explained that during the transition period, the number of US aircraft in the base will increase, but will not affect the surrounding living environment.. However, during the U.S. militarys promotion of this additional deployment mission, a serious crash occurred in the F-35B fighter plane. According to ABC News website of the United States on September 30, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement that on the afternoon of September 29, an F-35B fighter belonging to the Marine Corps collided with the wing of a KC-130 tanker while refueling in the air. The F-35B fighter plane then crashed and the KC-130 tanker landed in a field in April County, southwestern California. Fortunately, the F-35B pilots ejected and parachuted safely, and the crew of the KC-130 tanker were safe. Source: global network editor: Yao Wenguang_ NN1682

However, during the U.S. militarys promotion of this additional deployment mission, a serious crash occurred in the F-35B fighter plane. According to ABC News website of the United States on September 30, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement that on the afternoon of September 29, an F-35B fighter belonging to the Marine Corps collided with the wing of a KC-130 tanker while refueling in the air.

The F-35B fighter plane then crashed and the KC-130 tanker landed in a field in April County, southwestern California. Fortunately, the F-35B pilots ejected and parachuted safely, and the crew of the KC-130 tanker were safe.