USAF Sees Potential F-35 Combat Missions This Year

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    Pathfinder Lieutenant Colonel

    Dec 17, 2015
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    Air Force Sees Potential Combat Missions This Year for F-35


    By Tony Capaccio
    (Bloomberg)- Training, other deployments being considered after service declares up to 24 jets have initial combat capability, Col. David Chace, head of Air Force F-35 system management office, tells reporters.

    • “Where and when the airplane goes” depends on needs of combatant commanders: Chace
    • There are no known technical issues that would prevent declaration of initial operational capability in window starting Aug. 1 and going through Dec.: Chace
    • “We are in the last stages” of verifying combat capabilities, logistics and maintenance training: Chace
    • Air Force F-35s initially will carry either two 2,000-pound GPS-guided bombs or two 500-pound laser guided weapons, plus two air-to-air missiles
    • NOTE: Air Force is buying 1,763 of 2,443 planned U.S. F-35s
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