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F-35 put through its paces in first Asia-Pacific deployment

Monday, February 5, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Valerie Insinna  |  February 5th, 2018  |  DefenseNews

EXCERPT: ...Although the aircraft would be available in case of a contingency — and although the collection of B-2 and B-1 bombers in Guam, F-35s in Japan, and F-15s in South Korea send a powerful message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un about the U.S. military’s capabilities — it’s unlikely that the U.S. Air Force will operate its F-35s in an attempt to provoke North Korea, said John Venable, a senior fellow for the Heritage Foundation and a former F-16 pilot.

“I don’t think we’re going to pulse the boundary,” he said. “I don’t think that there will be anything inflammatory done in an overt posturing.”

But the F-35s operating in Japan — the Air Force’s “A” models at Kadena as well as the Marine Corps’ F-35Bs, which will deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp this year — could still play a vital role in enhancing the U.S. military’s understanding of North Korea’s own military activities, especially given the jet’s classified electronic warfare package and data fusion capability that brings together imagery from the aircraft’s myriad active and passive sensors.

“I don’t know if it’s actually monitoring the television channels that people are watching in their homes or if, as soon of they get airborne, they start doing a really good assessment of what’s happening in the North,” Venable said.

“When you have the guys out on the Wasp and they’re flying, if they’re flying 100 miles off the coast of North Korea, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’re scooping up gobs and gobs of information of what’s going on inside the peninsula and then the northern side of the peninsula. And the same thing is going on with the [’A’ models]...”  READ FULL ARTICLE

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