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US Air Force Permanently Deploys First F-35s in Europe in Response to `Resurgent Russia'
Over 730 F-35s have been built to date, with the programme having an estimated lifetime cost of more than $1.7 trillion - making the jets the most expensive weapon ever built.
The first US Air Force F-35s to be permanently stationed abroad have arrived in the UK, with a party of four F-35As touching down at their new home base at RAF Lakenheath in southeastern England on Wednesday.
"Our coalition forces train and fight in the most dynamic theatre, requiring the most advanced platforms," Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of Allied Air Command, was quoted as saying of the planes' delivery.
Lockheed Martin announced in September that it eventually hopes to deploy some 450 F-35 Lightning II aircraft across 13 permanent bases in Europe in the coming years, with the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Poland and Denmark already fielding the aircraft or expected to field them in the near future.
by Cat on Sat Dec 18th, 2021 at 12:40:00 AM EST
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