The United States has increased the grouping of F-35 in Alaska to 20 fighters

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The United States has increased the grouping of F-35 in Alaska to 20 fighters

Fighter F-35A. Archive photo

Moscow. December 19th. INTERFAX.RU – The number of the newest fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II multirole fighters stationed at Eilson Air Force Base in Alaska has reached twenty, the US Air Force said on Saturday.

“The last five aircraft arrived on Wednesday. The total has reached 20 35A Lightning II fighters,” AFB spokesman Kayleigh Dubois said in an interview with local media.

“We continue to build up our roster,” she said. “By the end of 2021, we will have all 54 fighters at the base.”

The next group of planes will arrive at the base next April. After the deployment of all 54 35A Lightning II fighters at the airbase, each of the two squadrons – 336th and 335th – will have 27 aircraft.

Eilson Air Force Base in Alaska will become one of the largest in terms of the number of new fifth generation fighters deployed there. According to representatives of the base, the tasks of the multipurpose fighters include suppressing enemy air defense forces and performing offensive operations.

The airbase is located about a thousand kilometers from the Russian border in the Far East.

F-35A fighters became the first aircraft of this type to join the US Air Force in the Pacific, which will be used, including in the interests of the United Aerospace Defense Command of North America (NORAD). Their deployment at Eilson AFB in Alaska began in April, when the first two fighters arrived.

In Alaska, they complement a group of 40 fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighters deployed at Elmendorf-Richardson AFB.

F-22 fighters regularly fly to “intercept” Russian strategic Tu-95 bombers and Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine aircraft flying in the Far East near American borders.

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