posted on Feb, 3 2017 @ 06:18 AM
Thirteen F-35As from Hill AFB, in Utah deployed to Nellis AFB approximately 2 weeks ago to participate in Red Flag 17-1. The exercise is two weeks in,
and proving to be extremely interesting.
The aircraft currently has a 15:1 kill-loss ratio, in some of the hardest air to air seen at Red Flag in a very long time. As many as 24 aircraft are
flying as Red Air in any given scenario. The Red Air also regenerates, making it that much more challenging.
In air to ground missions, an additional 2-3 aircraft have been lost, in even more challenging scenarios. In one scenario, Blue Forces encountered
multiple advanced surface to air threats. In previous exercises, they would back off, and use simulated Tomahawk missiles to peel back defenses like
In this scenario, they're able to use multiple assets and sources to find and identify the threats, then use F-22s to push airborne threats back,
while F-35s, working with EA-18s take out the defenses.