F-35B Lightning II
Security around the new F-35B Lightning II stealth strike fighter demonstrating its capabilities for the first time in the United Kingdom at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire today (Friday 8th July).
The first units to receive their F-35Bs will be the RAF's No. 617 Squadron and the Fleet Air Arm's 809 NAS, intended to replace the Tornado GR4 and the Harrier GR9 (which was retired in 2010).
The F-35B is the short take off/vertical landing (STOVL) variant and will be operated from the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers, as well as having the ability to operate from austere airbases.
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