Air International 2017-09
N.Pittaway - Recapitalising the Corps /Military/
The first operational flight of the Intrepid Tiger II (V)3 electronic warfare pod from an amphibious assault ship, the USS Wasp (LHD-1), took place in August 2016. The Intrepid Tiger II EW pod is shown loaded to a UH-1Y Huey helicopter with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (Reinforced) assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Recapitalisation in the US Marine Corps comes with no higher profile than the F-35B Lightning II. The service has already transitioned two AV-8B Harrier squadrons to the type and transition of the first F/A-18 Hornet unit is imminent.
Will F-35B Lightning IIs one day operate from the decks of Japanese and Republic of Korea ships?