RAF unveils F-35 fighter jets with top speed of 1,200mph landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth  – News 247

RAF unveils F-35 fighter jets with top speed of 1,200mph landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth – News 247


 British F-35 fighter jets, considered among the most advanced warplanes in the world, touched down for the first time on HMS Queen Elizabeth Pictures captured the moment the first time the Lightning jets touched down on board Flown by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots, it marked the first time the British jets have landed on HMS Queen Elizabeth  The Ministry of Defence said: “Once fully operational, UK Carrier Strike Group will be a formidable force around the world, using a number of platforms to work alongside our allies”  “The Lightning jets are embarking in the 65,000-tonne carrier to conduct operational trials off the East Coast of the USA”  If follows “successful developmental trials last year with US Lightning jets” where forces conducted hundreds of takeoffs and landings over an 11-week period at sea  The statement added: “During this time, the aircraft carrier will be escorted by Type 45 destroyer HMS Dragon, submarine hunter HMS Northumberland, tanker RFA Tideforce and Merlins from 814, 820 and 845 Naval Air Squadrons, Wildcats from 815 squadron and Royal Marines from Lima Company, 42 Commando ” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This is another step towards the UK’s carrier strike capability becoming fully operational  “The bringing together of the UK Lightnings on the first in class HMS Queen Elizabeth paves the way for the world’s most up to date, fully integrated carrier force ” The fighter jets are the first to “combine radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speed”  The jets, which are believed to cost around £100 million each, can reach a top speed of 1,200mph   The UK currently owns 18 aircraft, with an additional order placed for 30 jets, which also have the ability to land vertically  The fighter jets are able to complete missions from both land and sea and “act as a formidable spine to the ‘carrier strike’ capability”  First, to land on board, Wing Commander Adam Curd, Royal Air Force, said: “This is the first time I have landed onboard an aircraft carrier – for it to be HMS Queen Elizabeth, and in an aircraft as amazing as a UK Lightning, is quite something    “This is a proud moment not only for me but the wider team that has brought us to this milestone for maritime aviation and UK Defence ” Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff for Aviation and Carrier Strike, Rear Admiral Martin Connell, Royal Navy, added: “Embarking UK Lightning jets on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the very first time is a major milestone for Royal Navy and Royal Air Force aviation and for our development of the 5th generation Carrier Strike Group capability  “Once again, the support from our US Navy and US Marine Corps colleagues in the United States has been incredible and undoubtedly helped bring us to this moment: making maritime aviation history” Trending  The UK will declare Initial Operating Capability for Carrier Strike by the end of 2020  Commander of the Strike Group, Commodore Mike Utley, Royal Navy said: “Getting to this point of embarking UK Lightning jets into our British-built carrier has been a significant joint undertaking by industry and military – both ours and those from the United States  “We will take the jets from the successful developmental phase we achieved last year through to a more operational footing, so we are confident that the jets, the carrier and our destroyers and frigates will function seamlessly together ”

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