AnÂ F-35BÂ aircraft arrived Wednesday atÂ MacDill Air Force Base in Florida as part of a two-day visit meant to informÂ U.S. Central Command senior leaders on the short-takeoff/vertical
The Lockheed Martin-builtÂ aircraftÂ is slated for its first combat deployment aboard the USS EssexÂ amphibious assault ship to complement the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s air capabilities and support operations withinÂ Centcom’s area of responsibility, theÂ U.S. Marine Corps said Friday.
F-35B is designed to perform full spectrum combat missions and counter adversarial threats to Amphibious Readiness Group/MEU personnel as well as U.S. or coalition assets.
The aircraft’s avionics system works to help pilots view battlefield information in real time and transmit sensor data to commanders in the air, at sea and on land.
âItâs a system of systems thatâs flying; its got sensors and anti-axis aerial denial capabilities,” saidÂ Lt Col. Jaime Macias, chief of plans at Marine Corps Forces Central Command.