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USAF reports combat debut for F-35A
« on: May 02, 2019, 02:35:10 PM »

USAF reports combat debut for F-35A
01 May 2019

The US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 30 April that two aircraft conducted an air strike at Wadi Ashai, Iraq, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve.

According to AFCENT, the aircraft conducted the airstrike using a joint direct attack munition (JDAM) to strike an entrenched Islamic State tunnel network and weapons cache deep in the Hamrin Mountains, a location able to threaten friendly forces.

News of the strike comes about two weeks after AFCENT announced that an undisclosed number of aircraft from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing (FW) and reserve 419th FW at Hill Air Force Base in Utah had been deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates for the F-35A's first combat deployment. AFCENT did not disclose how long the deployment would last.

An image released by the USAF of one of two F-35As enroute to its first combat mission show the aircraft configured for non-stealthy operations, with externally-mounted AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and Luneburg lens radar reflectors. Source: US Air Force