Lockheed Martin's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Heads to Europe

The Lockheed Martin F-35A conventional takeoff variant of the stealthy tri-service Joint Strike Fighter is making its first operational deployment to Europe. While the Pentagon says that the deployment was long planned, the Defense Department notes that the F-35s are being sent across the Atlantic as part of the European Reassurance Initiative—which aims to bolster the confidence of America's’ NATO allies and deter Russia.