The U.S. Navy is poised to declare the F-35C ready for combat at the end of February, the last of the tri-service strike-fighter versions to achieve operational capability. As much as it is a landmark for the Pentagon’s largest procurement program, it is a milestone for Lockheed Martin, which was selected to develop the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in 2001. For the Navy, the declaration signals that the service can start preparing for its first carrier deployment with the ...

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