US media: the first f-35c squadron of US Marine Corps has initial combat power

US media said that the US Marine Corps announced that the first squadron equipped with f-35c “lightning” II stealth fighter was ready for combat. < p > < p > according to the website of Forbes biweekly on December 3, Lockheed Martin has installed larger wings for the f-35c than the conventional f-35a and the vertical take-off and landing F-35B, enabling the C-type “lightning” II to take off and land on the 1000 foot deck of the US Navy’s nuclear powered aircraft carrier. The f-35c Squadron, as a part of the carrier based aircraft wing, is responsible for carrying out deep strike missions, breaking through the air defense system and attacking enemy bases, supply lines and command facilities, according to the report. < / P > < p > the Marine Corps Air Wing 3 in Miramar, California, announced on Tuesday that the Marine Corps 314th combat attack aircraft Squadron, part of air wing 3, has preliminary operational capabilities. The Navy plans to deploy the vmfa-314 squadron on a West Coast aircraft carrier in early 2022. The vfa-147, the first f-35c squadron of the US Navy, will conduct its first cruise with the carrier Carl Vinson in San Diego next year, according to the report. The report points out that by the 1930s, all nine carrier based aircraft wings of the US Navy will have f-35c fighter squadrons. The large wing stealth fighter will fly with F / A-18E / F fighter, ea-18g electronic fighter, E-2 early warning aircraft, mq-25 unmanned refueling aircraft, cmv-22 tilt rotor aircraft and MH-60 helicopter of carrier based aircraft wing. < / P > < p > the U.S. Marine Corps plans to purchase about 70 f-35cs and transform four squadrons into these models to support the Navy’s carrier based aircraft wing. The Marine Corps will also purchase hundreds of F-35B VTOL jets, which can take off from land bases and the Navy’s nine large deck attack ships. < / P > < p > the report points out that the F-35B and f-35c use the same technology, but the fuselage is completely different. Compared with the F-35B, the large wing f-35c is slower, but can carry more fuel. The f-35c’s weapon cabin has more capacity than the F-35B, so the former can carry glide bombs without sacrificing its stealth performance. In short, the f-35c is more suitable for long-range strike missions under the strong defense of the enemy. The F-35B is more suitable for close combat. < / P > < p > the report also pointed out that the integration of aircraft carrier Shanghai Marine Corps and naval flight squadron can be traced back to the 1990s. The aim is to integrate naval and marine fighters to achieve scale effect. The Marine Corps will fight side by side with the carrier based aircraft wing at sea. The Navy will take off from land to support the Marines on the ground. < / P > < p > it was reported that this was a controversial plan. Norman polmar, a naval analyst and writer, told air force magazine in 2007: “if there is integration, what is the air power of the Marine Corps to do?” < / P > < p > but the f-35c highlights the benefits of integration. As the Marine Corps improves its concept of “expeditionary forward base operation”, the deep strike mission performed by f-35c as a part of carrier based aircraft wing becomes more and more important to the whole Marine Corps.