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US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

Dodgy radar, buggy OS but 'ready to strike well-defended targets anywhere on Earth'

By Simon Sharwood, 3 Aug 2016

It's got dodgy radar, relies on an insecure database, boasts a buggy operating system, and a laser targeting system that can't be used for training in the UK, but the United States Air Force is satisfied that the F-35A fighter is ready for combat.

So said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, on August second.

Carlisle said the F-35A has passed all tests and is ready to rumble, should anyone choose to take on the billion-dollar planes.

Chief of staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein weighed in on the US Air Force's canned statement, declaring the plan is “ready to deploy and strike well-defended targets anywhere on Earth.”

The 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing, based at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is now operating the plane. The United Kingdom and Australia also plan to deploy the aircraft, once satisfied it's ready for action. ®

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