Whereas previous Red Flag exercises involving the F-35 have prioritized survival, subsequent cycles have taken steps to incorporate a more diverse set of standards including reconnaissance and surveillance, as well as air superiority and bombing operations.
This is what was summarized by the editor of the American National Interest, Mark Episkobos, in a report in which he spoke about the great capabilities of this multi-tasking stealth combat aircraft that operates in all weather conditions, and is produced by Lockheed Martin, by describing its performance in a combat training exercise. The league, hosted by Niles Air Force Base in Nevada and called “Red Flag Exercises”.
He added that the first major participation of the F-35A was in the 2017 exercises, shortly after it was announced that this fighter had reached its initial operational capability (IOC).
He stated that 13 F-35 fighters from the fighter squadron successfully faced – unmistakably – advanced anti-aircraft threats, including enemy air defenses and air-to-air fighters. The success of its combat mission increased by 15 to one.
The F-35 has also proven its ability to power older fourth-generation aircraft such as the F-16, using a sensor-integration array that gives older aircraft what one pilot called a “God’s Eye” on the battlefield. According to the editor.
Also, according to the editor, these planes not only proved their worth once, but this fourth squadron of fighters repeated the impressive results with the same performance during the Red Flag 2019 exercises, in which it demonstrated its ability to overcome all attempts to jam its communications systems and attacks targeting Its Global Positioning System (GPS).
The editor quoted one of the navigators of these aircraft as saying, “With stealth, the F-35 can approach threats more than many other aircraft. And if we add that to the performance of the sensors built into this aircraft, it means that we will be able to use it to contribute significantly to the majority of missions “.