The United Kingdom has further enhanced its military capabilities by acquiring the F-35 Lightning II, a next-generation stealth fighter. This decision underlines the UK’s commitment to maintaining a forward-thinking air force and its position as a key player in global defence.
What is the F-35 Lightning II?
The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth generation combat aircraft designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin. It has advanced stealth capabilities, supersonic speed and the ability to perform air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. The F-35 is a multirole fighter, meaning it can perform a wide range of operations, from intelligence gathering to precision strikes.
Acquisition and deployment in the UK
The UK Ministry of Defense has launched an ambitious program to integrate the F-35 into the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy. The aircraft are expected to operate from land bases as well as the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, enhancing the country’s expeditionary warfare capabilities.
According to the latest reports, the United Kingdom has received several F-35s and plans to acquire up to 138 fighters. These aircraft will form the backbone of the UK’s future carrier strike groups and contribute to the collective security of the NATO Alliance.