The U.S. Navy has declared that its $150 million next-generation strike fighter, the F-35C Lightning II, has reached initial operational capability (IOC). For official purposes, the designation means that the system is technologically mature, has a trained and equipped squadron, and is backed by all the support logistics required for service.
“The F-35C is ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” said the commander of Naval Air Forces, Vice Admiral DeWolfe Miller. “We are adding an incredible weapon system into the arsenal of our Carrier Strike Groups that significantly enhances the capability of the joint force.”
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