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Italians presented the first F-35B Lightning II, assembled outside the US

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The Italian Navy received the first fighter of a new generation. According to the portal navaltoday.com, at the FACO plant located in the city of Cameri (Novara province), a transfer ceremony was held the fleet the first F-35B Lightning II aircraft.


The fighter with the tail number BL-1 is the first F-35B, assembled outside the United States and the first to enter service with a non-US army. Its assembly was carried out at the factory FACO, which is a joint venture of the Italian company Leonardo and the American Lockheed Martin.

Italians presented the first F-35B Lightning II, assembled outside the US


The assembly of the first F-35B, the most sophisticated model in the F-35 family, here at the FACO plant, is testament to the outstanding capabilities of the Italian aerospace industry. FACO continues to act as F-35 European Center of Excellence
- said Doug Wilhelm, vice president of program management for F-35 Corporation Lockheed Martin.

Italian F-35B will be based on the aircraft carrier "Cavour", adopted by the Italian Navy in the 2009 year. Earlier, in 2015, the FACO transferred the first "classic" F-35A fighter to the Italian Air Force.

The F-35A and F-35B aircraft will replace the Panavia Tornado multi-role fighter, the AMX light attack aircraft and the AV-8B Harrier II vertical attack and take-off aircraft. Total Italian Air Force plan to adopt the X-NUMX F-90 (35 F-60A and 35 F-30B) fighter jets of the Italian assembly. In addition, the F-35 will be assembled at the FACO plant for the Netherlands Air Force, as well as the maintenance of the F-35 fighter jets of the US Air Force based in Europe, reports "Warspot".
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  1. Sling cutter
    Sling cutter 29 January 2018 13: 29
    15
    Sorry, off topic ...

    Our colleague and moderator, a wonderful person, died tonight
    DMITRY YURYEVICH KARPOV-DUK.

    He was 51 years old.

    Everlasting memory.
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 29 January 2018 13: 37
      +1
      Everlasting memory!
    2. Berber
      Berber 29 January 2018 13: 37
      +1
      Condolences to loved ones.
    3. seti
      seti 29 January 2018 13: 39
      +1
      Land him rest in peace. Condolences to relatives.
    4. Herculesic
      Herculesic 29 January 2018 13: 44
      +2
      Earth rest in peace, and our last "forgive"! hi
    5. NEXUS
      NEXUS 29 January 2018 16: 30
      +3
      Quote: Stroporez
      Sorry, off topic ...

      Our colleague and moderator, a wonderful person, died tonight
      DMITRY YURYEVICH KARPOV-DUK.

      He was 51 years old.

      Everlasting memory.

      Condolences to family and friends.
  2. Inquisitive
    Inquisitive 29 January 2018 13: 30
    0
    There, only 50% of their relatives can be lifted into the air, and the great aeronauts from Italy pick up such a thing that they can only land a pilot at gunpoint in the cockpit of this miracle.
    1. Giant thought
      Giant thought 29 January 2018 13: 35
      +1
      But what about the Japanese F-35, it was also collected not in America and was lifted into the air much earlier than Italian, the author goes a little off topic. Well, and the mattresses, of course, are glad that such a raw product is taken for such crazy grandmas.
      1. mihey
        mihey 29 January 2018 13: 50
        +1
        In Japan, 35A, and here 35B, i.e. there in the simplest modification, and here deck.
        1. Grigory_45
          Grigory_45 29 January 2018 14: 03
          +2
          Quote: mihey
          35V, i.e. ... deck

          Deck is F-35C, with a hook under the catapult shuttle, hook, folding wings, a reinforced glider and with an increased area of ​​the wing and tail, and other attributes of a deck aircraft. F-35V is a VTOL aircraft. Universal, so to speak.
          1. mihey
            mihey 29 January 2018 14: 14
            +1
            Mixed up. Although the modification "B" with a short take-off and the possibility of vertical take-off (with incomplete loading), nevertheless, you are right.
  3. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 29 January 2018 13: 31
    +7
    F-35 and the whole Latin alphabet, go and figure out the modifications.
    1. Herculesic
      Herculesic 29 January 2018 13: 47
      +3
      There are only three versions of them - sea, land, and for the poor! wassat hi
      1. Grigory_45
        Grigory_45 29 January 2018 14: 06
        +2
        Quote: Herkulesich
        Their only three versions -sea, land, and for the poor!

        ... as well as for Jews and Canadians ..)
  4. Herculesic
    Herculesic 29 January 2018 13: 46
    +2
    Italians save only that they collect them at home! If they just bought them, then the defense budget could not stand the purchase of aircraft in two versions!
  5. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 29 January 2018 13: 59
    +4
    Yes ... I envied the Italians. It is a pity that we do not have a complete assembly of the F-35.
    The assembly is very complicated. For example, when attaching a wing to the fuselage, tolerances are less than 1 millimeter. Despite the fact that the detail is several meters. This is not a rivet assembly: a little crooked, they riveted the rivet with force.
  6. Elephant
    Elephant 29 January 2018 15: 37
    0
    I propose in Russia to collect such F-35s. The Americans are making our Kalashnikovs.
  7. gerkost2012
    gerkost2012 30 January 2018 17: 14
    0
    Yes, well, it will be a Fiat, chi sho?