The newest stealth fighters-aviation arrived in the UK last weekend in the framework of strengthening the assurance of European allies against Russian aggression on the continent.
The F-35A with hill air force base in Utah landed at RAF Lakenheath on Saturday, as the air force stated that they are a few weeks training with other American aircraft and crews, as well as with allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
"As we and our collaborative partners F-35 introduce the aircraft into our inventory, it is important that we trained together to integrate into a cohesive team capable of defending the sovereignty of the Union countries", - said the General TOD D. Walters, US Air commander in Europe, said in a statement.
Air force stated that the F-35 deployed to support European initiatives on security. Multibillion-dollar program launched under President Obama in 2014 to show support for U.S. allies after Russia annexed the Crimea to Ukraine.
The F-35 are only the latest example of aircraft the U.S. air force, sent to Europe in connection with the European initiative for security. Yet there are F-22, F-16, F-15 and A-10. The presence of the F-35 in Europe also helps the US to showcase jets by European allies who plan to buy them, including the UK, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Denmark and Turkey.
Single-engine F-35 comes in three variants. Version A is operated by the U.S. air force, version B - Marines, and version C will become part of the fleet of the US Navy. The marine corps F-35Bs began his first overseas deployment earlier this year, when they were sent to the aeronautical station
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