Wednesday, September 28, 2022

US to deploy Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets to Europe

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to deploy Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets to Europe.

The head of US Air Combat Command said Friday the U.S. Air Force’s F-35 joint strike fighter will soon fly over Europe.

“Europe is certainly a place that I think we would like to send that airplane so I can see that happening, ” Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle told reporters in Washington Friday morning.


Carlisle, the head of Air Combat Command, said the top priorities for the deployments are to non-combat zones where the fighters can play a valuable role with respect to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. That includes in Ukraine and NATO-allied countries worried about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expansionist goals.

The F-35 is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters developed by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed is building three models of the F-35 Lightning II for the U.S. military and 10 countries that have already ordered the jets: Britain, Australia, Norway, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan.

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

If you would like to show your support for what we are doing, here's where to do it:

Executive Editor

About this Author

Dylan Malyasov
Defense journalist and commentator. Aviation photographer. Dylan leads Defence Blog's coverage of global military news, focusing on engineering and technology across the U.S. defense industry.