The U.S. Armed Forces deployed a Lockheed F-35B stealth fighter in combat. The aircraft successfully completed its first official mission, landing a strike on the Taliban movement's positions in Afghanistan. Reuters reported that, referring to its anonymous source.
'The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the F-35B jet took off from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship in the Arabian Sea', the news agency reported.
Israel became the first country to use F-35 in combat in May 2018.
The F-35's key feature is the modern stealth technology, which allows the aircraft to approach the target and attack it from the safe distance before being spotted on the radar. The multirole aircraft can move at ultrasonic speed without using the afterburners, it is capable of hitting the ground, air and naval targets.
F-35 is the fifth-generation multirole aircraft, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead; it is supposed to become one of the NATO's major air superiority fighter in the coming decades. By 2020, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the aircraft's designer and manufacturer, plans to release over 3,000 fighters to be employed by armed forces in eleven countries across the globe.