F-35 Deployment to Kadena (Nov 2017)

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Unread post24 Oct 2017, 13:13

12 F-35s from the 34th FS are heading to Kadena AB for a 6 month deployment. I wonder if they will be deployed with Block 3F software?



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Unread post24 Oct 2017, 13:47

Info on this posted here earlier: viewtopic.php?f=59&t=53553 Air Force F-35s coming to Japan in November

Why would F-35s use software not cleared for use? When 3F is available then it will be installed as required.
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Unread post24 Oct 2017, 14:07

spazsinbad wrote:Info on this posted here earlier: viewtopic.php?f=59&t=53553 Air Force F-35s coming to Japan in November

Why would F-35s use software not cleared for use? When 3F is available then it will be installed as required.


There were numerous reports indicating an initial version of 3F was being uploaded to the 34 FS beginning in September. If it didnt happen, thats fine, but my assumption is that it was.
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Unread post24 Oct 2017, 14:35

Given that there are only 2-3 F-35s coming off the line every month and that the 34th just got their 1st F-35 at Block 3F in September, then no, they will not be deploying to Japan at Block 3F as the new wing is not up to strength. They also need time to stand up with the new wing before they are deployed.
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Unread post25 Oct 2017, 20:18

Assuming this article has good sources, here is confirmation of what I was wondering:

"However, the aircraft that are going to be deployed to Kadena have the older interim Block 3i software "

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-bu ... ived-22891
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Unread post05 Dec 2017, 05:48

Some nice photos of the F-35A forward deployment to Korea from Kadena. With those F-16s carrying loaded out with GBU-31 JDAMs, I wonder if the Lightnings are similarly armed internally.

http://alert5.com/2017/12/05/f-35as-at- ... uth-korea/

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