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F-35 Set for ‘Green Flag West’ Exercise

F-35 Set for ‘Green Flag West’ Exercise

Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jet will play a major role in a large U.S. military exercise this week for the first time, marking another milestone for the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, Air Force officials said Monday.

The exercise, which is called “Green Flag West” and runs through June 12, tests the U.S. military’s ability to engage in large-scale contested operations and helps get ground troops who pinpoint potential air strikes ready for combat.

One or two F-35 A-model jets will participate in the exercises each day, along with F-16 fighter planes, A-10 gunships and other weapons, said Air Force Lt. Col. Cameron Dadgar, who is charge of the exercise.

For the complete story by Andrea Shalal of Reuters, click here.

Updated: June 2, 2015 — 11:02 AM

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