Two U.S. Air Force F-35 squadrons are scheduled to receive the first fully combat-capable F-35As next month. These F-35s with full warfighting capabilities will run the final Block 3F software, which will allow the Joint Strike Fighter to use its full suite of weapons and also provide improved sensor and tracking capabilities.
In early September, the 34th Fighter Squadron out of Hill AFB in Utah, known as the “Rude Rams,” will receive Block 3F aircraft. The Air Force’s primary F-35 training squadron at Luke AFB, Arizona, will also receive the Block 3F aircraft in September, an Air Force spokesperson told Aviation Week. Once they receive F-35As with full warfighting capabilities, the 34th Fighter Squadron could be stationed in the Pacific theater as early as the end of the year.
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