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U.S. Air Force F-35s Are Heading To Europe To Send A Message To Russia

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The US Air Force announced on Friday that a handful of F-35s will head to Europe as part of an initiative to deter Russian aggression.

According to an Air Force statement, the “long-planned” deployment marks an “important milestone and natural progression of the F-35 program.”

The F-35s will arrive in Europe at a time when Russian aircraft outnumbers, and in some cases can outperform, legacy US and European aircraft stationed there.

The F-35, with its stealth design and unparalleled information-sharing capabilities, represents a huge step up for US air power, as it can improve the performance of legacy planes it flies with.

Though Russia has long tried to develop counter-stealth technologies and has even taunted the US about its considerable air-defense capabilities, F-35 pilots who spoke to Business Insider say that the new fighter will deliver unprecedented capabilities.

The Air Force also looks to scope out the European theater for long-term deployments, which it say will take place in the early 2020s.

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