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The U.S. air force has begun the first deployment of the fifth generation fighter F-35A Lightning II in the middle East, writes The Drive.
The American edition notes that the aircraft will enhance the antiterrorist capabilities of the Western coalition led by the United States, particularly in Syria and Iraq, and Afghanistan. The F-22 Raptor, which replaced the F-35A Lightning II, left the middle East.
In The Drive believe that the F-35A Lightning II has great potential in countering Russian and Iranian systems of electronic warfare (EW) in Syria, and also better suited to data collection are deployed in the country ballistic missile defense (BMD). Also the fighter compared to the F-22 Raptor carries more advanced weaponry, in particular, laser-guided bombs (internal Bay), and equipped with an integrated electro-optical guidance system, is able to guide these bombs on a moving target.
Separately, the publication notes that flew from the US to UAE the F-35A Lightning II in November of 2018 took part in the exercises of the “Elephant walk”.
It clarifies to Twitter a military analyst from Malta Babak of Tagua, from USA to UAE came six units of F-35A Lightning II. The American magazine the Aviationist writes about the four sent to the middle East fighters.
In March it was reported that American aircraft F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler and F-35A Lightning II will have supersonic anti-radiation missile AARGM-ER (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range).
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