The supersonic F-35B Lightning planes can carry 22,000lbs of firepower including eight Paveway laser-guided bombs, as well as being equipped with a terrifying “beast mode”
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Deadly £100million ultra futuristic fighter jets “that will make Putin sweat” have landed in the UK.
As international military tensions skyrocket, £300m worth of supersonic F-35B Lightning planes have been landing one after the other at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
The threatening aircraft, flown in from Texas, can carry a shocking 22,000lbs of firepower including eight Paveway laser-guided bombs, as well as being equipped with a terrifying “beast mode”.
The air-to-air infrared homing missiles can be used to shoot down Putin-style aggressors and are designed to outrun any other airborne bomb.
With a top speed of 1,200mph and capable of flying at 50,000ft, they bring the UK’s state-of-the-art ‘Lightning Fleet’ to 27.
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A witness watching the plans land told The Sun that the war machines “will leave Putin or any enemy in a sweat.”
They are the first to evade radar stealth technology with supersonic speeds with a wing span of 35ft and needing just a 450ft runway to take-off.
They also can take off and land vertically and will be jointly manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy, operating from land and sea.
Three more of the stealth jets will arrive this year, and seven more in 2023, with an expectation that all of the 48 in the first batch will be delivered by the end of 2025.
They are designated for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy are operating as three squadrons in two locations.
The 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and 207 Operational Conversion Unit Squadron at Royal Air Force Marham and the 17R Test and Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
The UK is looking to eventually own 80 F-35B jets. The first arrived in 2012. The RAF last night confirmed the delivery of the build-up of our fleet.
It comes as the Russian president lied and said that Russia is not bombing Ukrainian cities despite US estimates suggesting at least 500 missiles have been fired by Moscow.
Vladimir Putin has overseen the constant shelling of Ukraine with both military and civilian structures have been targeted, and hundreds of people killed.
And 100 people are feared to have been buried under rubble after an apartment block near the capital Kyiv was struck, while a cluster bomb attack killed 49 people in Chernihiv.
Meanwhile, special forces in the US and UK are said to be preparing for a high-risk rescue mission to save the Ukrainian President.
Russian Spetsnaz special forces are now said to be targeting Volodymyr Zelensky and troops are looking at re-locating the presiden out of Kyiv.
And protesters braved a hail of gunfire as they marched towards Russian troops in an occupied Ukrainian city.
The demonstrators stalked the retreating Russian soldiers in Melitopol amid demonstrations in occupied cities across Ukraine.
Russia also vowed to take ‘retaliatory measures’ against the UK over its so-called ‘sanctions hysteria’ today.
And efforts to evacuate Mariupol were halted as Russian shelling of escape routes continued despite a ceasefire.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.