U.S Air Force pilots at Hill Air Force Base are rehearsing F-35 Lightning II missions using new simulators provided by Lockheed Martin . The F-35 is a 5th generation fighter that combines low observable stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, and network-enabled operations.
The pilots are using four Full Mission Simulators that are linked to further develop their tactical employment of the F-35 against ground and airborne threats.
"The F-35 is going to be an incredible advancement in our capability as an Air Force, and the Full Mission Simulators present an environment to adequately challenge our pilots as they prepare for combat," says Lt. Col. GeorgeWatkins, 34th Fighter Squadron Commander.
The Full Mission Simulators offer a secure, yet realistic environment for pilots to develop tactics and integrate the F-35 into the Air Force's arsenal.
The 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base is the first operational F-35A squadron and will reach combat readiness in August 2016.
"All the pieces of the technology puzzle are coming together to support the Air Force's F-35 mission readiness," says Mary Ann Horter, vice president of F-35 Sustainment Support at Lockheed Martin. "Airmen at Hill Air Force Base are launching the future of aviation, and our focus is supporting them with the most effective training and logistics technologies."
So far 143 pilots and 846 maintainers for the Air Force have qualified through the F-35 Training System and by August of next year, over 190 F-35 pilots and 1,000 maintenance personnel will be “mission ready.”