Two F-35A’s teamed up with the 3rd Battalion US Rangers to provide air support against simulated hostile targets in close proximity to the Rangers.
Maj. Christopher Collins, a pilot in the 33rd Operations Support Squadron said:
“This was the first time these guys have worked with the F-35A. It was a great opportunity to share tactics and showcase some of the unique capabilities we have with this jet.”
The soldiers reportedly said the exercise was successful because it allowed them to test the capabilities and limitations of the jet as a part of their mission set.
The F-35A is the variant intended for the U.S. Air Force and other air forces. It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A, designed for increased effectiveness against ground targets compared to the 20mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.