First F-35 delivered overseas to Italy

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    First F-35 delivered overseas has Italian flair

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    FORT WORTH

    The first F-35 was delivered overseas this week in Italy, marking another milestone for Lockheed Martin’s futuristic stealth fighter.

    The delivery of the F-35A Lightning II took place in Cameri, Italy, on Thursday at a final assembly and check out facility. While Italy is the sixth nation to receive an F-35, it is the first fighter to have its final assembly done in another country.

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article48055845.html#storylink=cpy

     
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    Lucky!!! We get ours in 2017, but are flight-testing AM-1 and AM-2 right now:

    A formation of U.S. and Norwegian F-35 Lightning II soar over Luke Air Force Base, Arizona November 10, 2015. Today was the scheduled arrival of two F-35s for the Royal Norwegian air force while simultaneously celebrating the Norwegian air force’s birthday.

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    The first two Norwegian F-35s arrived at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 10, 2015. Shortly after, a Norwegian pilot flew the F-35 Lightning II for the first time, in conjunction with the Royal Norwegian air force’s birthday.

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    Royal Norwegian Air Force Maj. Morten Hanche, 62nd Fighter Squadron training pilot, climbs in for his first F-35 Lightning ll flight Nov. 10, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base. His flight coincides with the arrival of the first Norwegian F-35 and the Norwegian Air Force 71st anniversary.

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    52 are planned for purchase.
     
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    52 is actually a pretty big number when compared to alot of the other F-35 buyers. Israel is getting 72, Korea only 40, Japan only 42, and the Italians 60.

    Do you know if these 52 are meant to just replace the F-16's or will the F-16's be upgraded and kept in service alongside the F-35's? Alot of countries plan to keep the F-16's in service for a long time to come.
     
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    I wrote this on a different forum, so the content might not be wholly applicable to our conversation here, but it should answer your inquiry:

    AM-1, AM-2, AM-3 and AM-4 are on track, those four F-35 are the only four that have so far been ordered. 52 are planned, to replace our F-16s on a 1-1 basis, but so far only four F-35s have been ordered.

    16 have been cleared for purchase but no orders placed.

    This already puts our F-16 replacement plans in doubt, but to make it worse, our F-16s to remain in service until at least 2024 as 6 f-35s will arrive every year, with the first two arriving in Norway in 2016, this of course relies on the assumption that all 52 planned are fully funded. At present they are not.


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    Note the disparity between my two comments on this thread regarding the acceptance date, it's been pushed back to 2017.

    The F-35 will replace, on a 1-1 basis, our entire F-16 force. A grand total of 52 F-35s, but not all have been ordered or funded. Our F-16s have undergone MLUs already, no additional upgrades are being planned. They will be out of service, if all goes well with our F-35 procurement plans, by the mid-2020s.
     
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