US, South Korea celebrate first South Korean F-35A
- April 3, 2018
The first South Korea-bound F-35 Lightning II was unveiled on 28 March at a joint ceremony between manufacturer Lockheed Martin, the Korean Air Force and the U.S. government.
The ceremony took place at Lockheed Martin’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas, which is also the aircraft’s construction site. The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) ordered a total of 40 of the aircraft. The jet, branded as “the most advanced ever built,” will next be delivered to Arizona’s Luke Air Force base where Korean pilots will train.
South Korea is one of 11 countries procuring the F-35, and it plans to acquire 40 F-35As through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.
F-35s will arrive in country in 2019 to the ROKAF’s main operational base at Cheongju.