F-35 Deployment Exercise
The F-35A Lightning II is on track to declare initial operational capability between August and December 2016. IOC is the first step Air Combat Command will take in bringing the F-35 online as the latest fifth-generation multirole fighter. In IOC configuration, the aircraft will be able to penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Melissa E. Walther)
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