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The active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th FW conducted a combat power exercise here Jan. 6, launching 52 F-35A Lightning IIs in rapid succession.

The fighter wings are home to 78 aircraft. As the Air Force’s only combat-capable F-35A units, the wings must be prepared to launch any number of aircraft to support the national defense mission at a moment’s notice. Last year, they began regularly supporting combat operations with the F-35A with consecutive deployments.

From April to October 2019, they deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and conducted combat operations in support of the Central Command mission in the region. In October, they departed on their second combat deployment.

Currently, the wings fly 30-60 sorties per day from Hill’s flightline. During the exercise, Airmen launched roughly the same number of daily sorties, but they took off in quick intervals.

Launching aircraft from multiple squadrons simultaneously presents various challenges and allows the wings to evaluate the capabilities of maintenance professionals, as well as pilots and command and control teams.

The exercise was part of normal, scheduled training operations and not a response to any current events.

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The f-35 project is going strong right now with around 500 produced till date. The artificial limitations imposed on its performance has already been lifted by lockheed martin. The price per aircraft comes down every year and new orders are pouring in. It was actually surprising to see the f-35 get this much flak considering how the f-16 had bigger issues during development 

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The way things are going, Bangladesh might become one of the first third world countries to procure F-35s whenever that might happen (not before 2030).

Competing aircraft are nowhere as ready for export.

F-35 unit costs can only go down given the huge initial investments made. The US will need to expand the market beyond closest of allies to make good return on investment.

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2 hours ago, avicenna said:

Bangladesh will likely NEVER operate F-35.

You should also provide reasoning for this. There are not many other viable options coming up in the near future.

F-35s may become available to Bangladesh after 2030 if we align with the West militarily and politically by then.

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4 hours ago, Alim said:

You should also provide reasoning for this. There are not many other viable options coming up in the near future.

F-35s may become available to Bangladesh after 2030 if we align with the West militarily and politically by then.

 

Look at the BAF now.

6 single seat Fulcrums.

31 BG/BGI.

Its 2020.

There still hasnt been a purchase of an MRCA or whatever they wanna call it.

Yes yes 16 are in the cards.

The 2 defence agreements havnt been signed yet with the US and will take time.

Look at the countries that have ordered the F-35.

Bangladesh is not in the same league and will not be for the foreseeable future. 

The US has NO reason to allow access to F-35 to Bangladesh.

And Bangladesh is in no financial position to buy it.

Not to mention the absolute chasm in current capability of the BAF and what the F-35 potentially brings to the table to be able to effectively employ it.

2030 is around the corner.  No way BAF buys F-35.

Also, India is FAR more likely to buy it before Bangladesh gets anywhere close to one.  (And that is likely a ways off)

 

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I don't see BAF getting F-35s in next 20 years period at least, heck I don't even see India getting its hands on this mean machine. A friend of mine is going do his summer internship for Lockheed Martin's F-35 program and came to know that this aircraft basically has a mind of its own lol. Also, the fact that this is the most important aircraft for UsAF in present circumstances and will remain so for the foreseeable future. And I don't see anyone other than US's closest allies getting it. 

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