airplane to Keflavik for the extremely very first time. Two F-35As of the 32 ° Stormo over Iceland. For one week, both F-35Bs of the Aeronautica Militare have actually run from Keflavik to perform training goals in remote locations and also with chilly environment. The Italian Air Force released both possessions autonomously, many thanks to a”path”sustained by a KC-767A vessel of the 14 ° Stormo from Pratica di Mare accompanied by one C-130J from the 46 ^ Brigata Aerea in nautical SAR(Search as well as Rescue)arrangement. Many thanks to the vessel assistance, the F-35Bs flew straight from Amendola, in southeastern Italy, to Iceland. The 2 Italian Air Force F-35B throughout a training goal over Iceland(screenshot from ANSA.it video clip)The Italian Air Force thinks about the F-35B and also its STOVL ability a vital element of a bigger expeditionary system that makes the Air Force qualified to task power. If the existing strategies are verified, Italy will acquire a total amount of 90 F-35s: 60 F-35As and also 30 F-35Bs. Out of those 30 F-35Bs, 15 will certainly most likely to the Navy and also 15 to the Air Force. For the minute, the Italian Air Force has actually obtained both airframes that participated in the release to Keflavik(MM7453/32 -14 and also MM7455/32 -18). Right here’s what the previous ItAF Chief of Staff, Gen. Alberto Rosso, stated throughout the discussion of the F-35B at Pantelleria in July 2020, when its initial F-35B participated in an Expeditionary PoC as well as, sustained by a KC-130J vessel, released to Pantelleria, a little island in the Mediterranean Sea, to show the capability of the flying force to task as well as make use of the 5th generation airplane much from house, in a semi-permissive atmosphere, on an austere/bare path typically not useful by various other standard airplane as well as with restricted Force Protection offered by the host nation.:” This capacity is incredibly vital to deal with brand-new circumstances or scenarios like the one we had throughout the Gulf War. Our Tornado jets were released to an airbase [Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE] that was far from the location of procedures: this indicated that our airplane needed to lug as well as fly numerous hrs out a number of airborne refuelings prior to reaching their targets. The capability to run from much shorter paths can enable the choice of a closer airbase and also resolve the trouble. In regards to adaptability, simply believe that in Africa there have to do with 100 paths that have a size in between 2,800 and also 3,000 meters however there are 20 times as lots of paths in between 1,000 and also 1,500 meters in size
. Having the ability to utilize brief paths enables you to increase your capacity to release where required, in an easier as well as quicker way, particularly closer to the location of procedure. Having an airplane that can removing from much shorter paths permits extraordinary versatility also in those circumstances that are presently just hardly possible. In instance of dispute, airplane that have the ability to run from much shorter paths can likewise be distributed to raise their survivability. This versatility to run from bare/austere paths or perhaps freeways makes the air power extra uncertain as well as stands for an essential ability in any kind of circumstance. Therefore, after meticulously examining all the prices as well as circumstances, the Italian Air Force has actually recognized, as done by various other air arms, a combined fleet of F-35A and also B airplane, as one of the most reliable as well as financially hassle-free setup.”Procedure Northern Lighting III will certainly shut on Jul. 8, 2022.< img data-attachment-id="79942 "data-permalink=" https://theaviationist.com/2022/06/28/itaf-f-35b-deployed-iceland-first-time/f-35-iceland-new-3/"data-orig-file= "https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/F-35-Iceland-new-3.jpg"data-orig-size= "1024,658"data-comments-opened="0"data-image-meta =""aperture ":" 3.5", "credit rating":"","electronic camera": "NIKON D750","inscription ":"", "created_timestamp": "1653941378 ","copyright ":"","focal_length ":"14"," iso":"320","shutter_speed ":"0.003125", "title ":" ", "positioning":"1""data-image-title =" F-35 Iceland brand-new 3"data-image-description data-image-caption=" The Italian section of Operation Northern Lightning III"data-medium-file ="https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-17.jpg "data-large-file ="https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-5.jpg"loading ="careless "course= "size-large wp-image-79942 "src ="https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-5.jpg"alt size="706 "elevation =" 454"srcset ="https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-5.jpg 706w, https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-17.jpg460w, https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-18.jpg 128w, https://getyourpilotslicense.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/the-italian-air-force-has-deployed-its-two-f-35bs-to-iceland-for-the-first-time-19.jpg 768w, https://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/F-35-Iceland-new-3.jpg 1024w”dimensions=”(max-width”: 706px )100vw,”706px”>”The Italian section of Operation Northern Lightning III About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and also Editor of”The Aviationist”, among the globe’s most renowned as well as review armed forces aeronautics blog sites. Given that 1996, he has actually composed for significant globally publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, as well as numerous others, covering air travel, protection, battle, sector, cyberwar, criminal activity as well as knowledge. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia as well as Syria, and also flown numerous battle aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, an exclusive pilot as well as a grad in Computer Engineering. He has actually created 5 publications as well as added to much more ones.
F-35A Lightning II fifth generation aircraft from the Vermont Air National Guard departed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.
At least eight F-35A stealth aircraft, belonging to the 158th Fighter Wing of the U.S. Air Force are currently deploying to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to support Enhanced Air Policing mission on NATO’s Eastern Flank. The aircraft launched from their base at Burlington ANGB, Vermont, early on May 2, 2022.
Supported by at least four tankers, the “Green Mountain Boys” of the 158th FW are due replace the F-35A jets belonging to the 388th FW and 419th FW from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, that have been operating out of Spangdahlem since Feb. 16, 2022. In the beginning, the VT ANG will not completely replace the Hill AFB’s F-35s but they will complement the Hill AFB F-35s as the Lightning II jets of the various active, ANG and Reserve’s jets are expected to operate together from the German base for some weeks.
The images of the F-35As launching from Burlington ANGB, show that the aircraft were fitted with their RCS Enhancers/Radar Reflectors/Luneburg Lenses (as per normal procedure for ferry flights). It will be interesting to understand whether they will operate in “stealth mode” (without radar reflectors/Luneburg lenses) during their patrols over Eastern Europe, as done by the Hill’s F-35s.
Airmen from the 158th FW started deploying to Europe aboard an Omni Air International B-767 on Apr. 29, 2022.
“We are proud to send our Airmen to support the collective defense of our allies and partners,” said Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, the adjutant general of Vermont in a public release. “This deployment demonstrates some of the strategic capabilities the Vermont Air National Guard can provide to the nation when needed.”
These regular deployments, part of a series of standard U.S. rotations in the European Area of Operations, are part of the U.S. commitment to training and interoperability with our European allies.
“Being called upon only four months out of conversion to an operational F-35 fighter wing is a testament to our team, their professionalism, commitment and proven capabilities,” said Air Force Col. David Shevchik, commander of the 158th Fighter Wing. “It is when we are needed most that we are at our best. The Green Mountain Boys are ready and proud to answer this call, and we’re grateful for the support of our families, employers and communities.”
The one to Europe amidst growing tensions with Russia following the invasion Ukraine, is the first Vermont Air National Guard deployment in 6 years. Previously, flying the F-16 “Viper” (as the aircraft is dubbed in the fighter pilots community) the Wing took part in several deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. During 9/11, the Vermont Air National Guard rapidly mobilized to provide area security patrols over New York City, a mission they maintained for over 120 consecutive days. This short-term deployment is conducted in full coordination with host nations and NATO military authorities, and although temporary in nature, they are prudent measures to increase readiness and enhance NATOs collective defense during this period of uncertainty.
The 158th Fighter Wing ceased their F-16C/D Block 30 operations on Apr. 6, 2019, after flying the jet for 33 years. The first F-35A in 158th FW markings (AF17-5265) made its first flight from Lockheed Martin Ft. Worth facility, Texas, on Jul. 31, 2019. The first two ANG F-35A aircraft landed at their home in Burlington ANGB, Vermont, on Sept. 19, 2019.
] and also the 154º Gruppo, geared up with the Tornado IDS, and also 155º Gruppo geared up with the Tornado ECR. Throughout the historical initial trip, the MM7366/6 -01, with the particular Red Devil symbol of the Stormo on its tail, was accompanied by a solitary seater Eurofighter Typhoon showing off the markings of the 36 ° Stormo. This F-2000A flew as chase to the F-35A.(Image credit score: Oscar Bernardi)A Tornado ECR of the 155 ° Gruppo of the 6 ° Stormo, an additional armada predestined to get the F-35A in the future to perform the SEAD(Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses)/ DEAD(Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses )objective likewise performed a reduced pass at Cameri. The Tornado ECR on method to Cameri on Apr. 7, 2022.(Image credit report: Oscar Bernardi)We have actually lately participated in a goal aboard a Tornado ECR of the 155 ° Gruppo that entailed additionally 2 F-35As of the 32 ° Stormo and also a Tornado IDS of the 154 ° Gruppo: we will certainly release a thorough record on the future and also present capacities of the Italian”Wild Weasels”quickly. About David Cenciotti David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy.
It’s the first known gear-up landing of an F-35.
According to the report, the 5th generation aircraft was involved in a training mission when an avionic system issues forced the pilot to carry out a gear up landing at Seosan airbase, 151 kilometers southwest of Seoul. The emergency apparently marked the type’s first ever belly landing.
“Before the landing, the Air Force mobilized a fire engine to apply special foam on the runway, which prevented the jet’s fuselage from sustaining any serious damage,” Yonhap reported. While the real extent of the damage to the aircraft has not been revealed, the mishap left the pilot unharmed.
A joint investigation with Lockheed Martin will determine the root cause of the incident; meanwhile, ROKAF will suspend all of its F-35A fighters pending the probe.
The Republic of Korea selected the F-35 at the end of its F-X III fighter acquisition program with the signing of a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) between the U.S. and Korean governments on Sept. 30, 2014. So far, ROKAF has received more than 30 aircraft out of 40 ordered F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant jets. In December 2017, South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration established a process for procuring the 20 additional aircraft, the Joongang Ilbo newspaper reported, citing multiple government sources.
The first F-35A for the ROKAF, known as aircraft AW-1, took flight in Fort Worth, Texas, in March 2018. In the same year, the first F-35A was delivered to Luke AFB, Arizona, for pilot training while in 2019, the first F-35As were delivered to their permanent base in South Korea.
The ROKAF’s 17th Fighter Wing and its two child units, the 151 Fighter Squadron and 152 Fighter Squadron, operate the F-35 out of Cheongju Air Base, southeast of Seoul.
The Dutch F-35A aircraft have achieved the IOC (Initial Operational Capability).
On Dec. 27, 2021, the Netherlands MOD and Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) have officially declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for their F-35A fleet. As a consequence, the Netherlands have become the eighth country with the RNlAF being the 12th military service to declare IOC for its F-35 fleet.
The IOC “certifies” that the RNlAF is able to deploy a small contingent of 4 F-35As with personnel and equipment anywhere in the world for a short period of time: in other words, the Dutch Lightnings can be deployed operationally in theatre, to support national and multi-national operations.
The IOC milestone was achieved after going through several steps and a series of exercises at home and abroad, including a 9,000-km-long surprise attack on a Dutch Range as part of a “Rapid Reaction Test”, and exercise Frisian Lightning II that saw the 322 Sqn move from Leeuwarden to Volkel to prepare the unit for a deployment in the shortest possible time. In addition, the knowledge gained during the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) has led to this milestone.
Nederland is met het F-35 squadron officieel Initial Operational Capabel (IOC) verklaard. Dat betekent dat Defensie in staat is om kortstondig een eenheid van 4 F-35’s met personeel en materieel waar ook ter wereld in te zetten. https://t.co/nU4xID0hGw pic.twitter.com/Hks6UvH77E
— Ministerie van Defensie (@Defensie) December 27, 2021
A total of 24 F-35As have been delivered to the RNLAF so far. The first operational F-35s arrived in the Netherlands from the Cameri FACO (Final Assembly and Check Out) in 2019. Dutch crews have surpassed more than 9,085 flight hours to date, with 55 pilots and 262 maintainers supporting the fleet.
“The declaration of IOC ushers in a new era of air power that gives the RNLAF transformational capabilities,” F-35 Program Vice President and General Manager Bridget Lauderdale said. “I am proud of the Lockheed Martin team’s commitment to delivering the most effective, survivable and connected fighter to our partners in the Netherlands.”
According to the current plans, by the end of 2024, 46 F-35As will replace the current fleet of F-16 MLU in RNlAF service.
The first F-35A aircraft of the newly formed 495th Fighter Squadron have arrived in the UK.
Four F-35A aircraft departed from Fort Worth, Texas, arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, on Dec. 15, 2021, marking the arrival of the first Europe-based USAF’s Lightning II 5th generation.
Flying as RETRO 31-34 and supported by BLUE81, a KC-135R #59-1495, and BLUE82, a KC-10A Extender #84-0189, the four aircraft (#19-5473, #19-5474, #19-5475 and #19-5476) approached RAF Lakenheath as a 4 ship at 13.50L before braking off and then all of them carrying out a missed approached before landing on RWY24.
As you can notice in the shots taken by The Aviationist‘s contributor Stewart Jack, the aircraft sport the 495th Fighter Squadron emblem on the air intake as well as the LN code, the shield of United States Air Forces in Europe as well as the motto “Mala Ipsa Nova” (Latin for “Bad News Itself”) on the twin tails. The 495th FS “Valkyries” is the first Europe-based U.S. F-35 squadron: it was re-activated on Oct. 1, 2021, at a specific, symbolic time, 8:49 and 50 second, that is to say exactly 30 years since the former 495th Tactical Fighter Squadron was redesignated as Fighter Squadron, shortly before being inactivated in 1991.
The 495th Fighter Squadron is scheduled to be fully mission capable in 2022 with a total of 27 aircraft and 60 personnel.
“Our coalition forces train and fight in the most dynamic theater, requiring the most advanced platforms,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander in a public release. “The Valkyries are leading our F-35 integration across Europe. We’ve come a long way, and now we’re extending our reach as a coalition force and what we will accomplish together.”
“‘Valkyries’ epitomizes the force’s move toward more inclusivity and equally represents the fifth-generation stealth fighter’s air superiority,” said Lt. Col. Ian McLaughlin, 495th Fighter Squadron commander. “Like the Valkyries themselves, we’ll be vital to determining the fate of our adversaries in the battlespace.”
New Video Of F-35A Dropping Two B61 Nuclear Bombs Over Tonopah Test Range During Recent Tests Just Released
The footage shows the recent F-35A Full Weapon System Demonstration (FWSD) with two B61-12 mock nuclear bombs.
As we have already reported in detail recently, the F-35 Joint Program Office has announced earlier this month that the F-35A successfully executed the first Full Weapon System Demonstration with the B61-12, considered the “graduation” flight test exercise for achieving nuclear design certification from an air-delivered platform.
The demonstration involved two F-35As assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, flown by pilots from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, part of the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group that released two B61-12 Joint Test Assets at Tonopah Test Range: after taking off from Nellis AFB, Nevada, the two aircraft flew for 160 miles and conducted two separate drops of high-fidelity, non-nuclear mock B61-12 JTAs at Sandia National Laboratories’ Tonopah Test Range.
The test, “a major milestone towards achieving F-35A nuclear certification” that “remains on track to meet NATO’s January 2024 need date” was carried out on Sept. 21, 2021. While the Lightning II is not yet fully certified to conduct real world nuclear operations, the successful completion of this Full Weapon System Demonstration concludes on-aircraft testing for F-35A’s initial nuclear certification effort. The nuclear certification is broken into two phases: nuclear design certification and nuclear operational certification and this test concluded the first phase. Once fully certified, the F-35A will be the only DCA (Dual Capable Aircraft) to carry the nuclear weapon in the internal weapon bay: all the other tactical aircraft, including F-16, F-15E and Tornado, carry the nuke on the external pylons.
The latest test event was made public on Oct. 4 but the video of the actual release has been published on the DVIDS network only on Oct. 29, 2021: although it’s not the first time the video of a B61 dropped from an F-35A is released, the footage is interesting as it shows the opening of the internal weapon bay, the release of the bomb, and the immediate closure of the bay doors to achieve the Low Observability.
Then, you can also watch the two spin rocket motors firing during the descent, with the contrails forming a helical shape as the bomb starts to spin on its longitudinal axis: these are used to improve stability during the bomb’s descent and increase accuracy (with a reported 30 m Circular Error Probability – although accuracy is not a big issue when it deals with nuclear ordnance).
As we explained in our previous article: “the B61 entered service 50 years ago and has undergone a Life-Extention Program (LEP) to consolidate and replace four legacy bomb variants, the B61 -3, -4, -7, and -11 mods, into the B61-12. The refurbished B61-12 will allow the retirement of the larger B83, becoming the only remaining gravity delivered nuke in the inventory. The bomb will carry a low-yield nuclear warhead with four yield options, reportedly 0.3 kilotons, 1.5 kilotons, 10 kilotons and 50 kilotons, instead of larger warheads like the models it is replacing (which can reach 400 kilotons depending on the variants).”
“The 12-foot, 825-pound bomb is designed to be delivered from the air in either ballistic or guided-gravity drop modes, thanks to a new Boeing-built tail assembly that includes an Inertial Navigation System (INS) precision-guidance package and two spin rocket motors that improve the bomb’s stability on its longitudinal axis during the descent. The LEP is said to be increasing the B61’s accuracy so much (with a reported 30 m Circular Error Probability instead of the original 100 m) that it will have the same capability against hardened targets as the much more powerful weapons it is replacing.”
By the way, NATO has just carried out its annual nuclear deterrence exercise, “Steadfast Noon“, that this year took place in Southern Europe with DCA aircraft and non-nuclear capable aircraft that support the mission under the SNOWCAT (Support of Nuclear Operations With Conventional Air Tactics) program, deployed to Aviano AB and Ghedi AB, in Italy.