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Expansion of the US troop presence in Europe: The deployment of the US Air Force's first F-35A fighter-bomber in Europe was officially initiated on October 1st with the activation of the 495th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath. The first of 27 aircraft planned for the squadron will be transferred to England during the winter. A total of two US F-35 squadrons are to be stationed at the British base. The aircraft will be able to carry both conventional weapons and B61-12 atomic bombs (payload potential between 0.3 and 50 kilotons).

Blick nach Amerika
On September 21, 2021 the certification of the F-35A for the use of the atomic bomb B61-12 was completed, here the last test flight over the airfield Nellis AFB, Nevada (Photo: USAF)

Since 2017, F-35 detachments have been sent to Europe at short notice, among other things to confirm the operational compatibility of European airfields.

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