The Block 2B version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which the U.S. Marine Corps declared operational last July, is incapable of unsupported combat against any serious threat, according to Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E). In a 48-page annual project report to be published shortly, a copy of which was obtained by Aviation Week, the DOT&E states that “the F-35B Block 2B aircraft would need to avoid threat engagement . . ...

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