Lockheed Martin's F-35A makes ADEX 2017 debut appearance

ADEX 2017
Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition
17 - 22 October 2017
Seoul Airbase - Republic of Korea
Lockheed Martin's F-35A makes ADEX 2017 debut appearance
Among many other aircraft, the US Air Force is presenting for the first time its latest fifth-generation fighter, the F-35A Lightning II, at ADEX aerospace and defense exhibition, being held at Seoul Airbase, South Korea, from 17-22 October.
f35 at ADEX 2017 640 001 One of the two F-35A Lightning II fighter jets being showcased at ADEX 2017
Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, spoke of the strength of the U.S.-South Korea alliance amid regional tensions at the 20th International Aerospace Symposium Oct. 16, 2017.

The general notably highlighted significant advancements in that relationship which allowed further coalition interoperability.

We are in the process of rapidly advancing our integration with the next [generation] of fighter aircraft, the F-35,” he said. “Game-changing, networked technologies like these, combined with our amazing U.S. Air Force and [South Korean] Airmen, provide our militaries with the competitive advantage we have today and will continue to need into the future.”

By early next year, South Korean air force maintainers and pilots will be training to operate the F-35.

Two F-35s and their crews traveled from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to participate in the week’s events, a first for the Seoul ADEX, and further demonstration of the U.S. commitment to the alliance and the safety and security of the region, he said.

South Korea formally agreed to purchase 40 F-35A Block 3F fighter jets in a $7bn deal. The aircraft, to be acquired beginning in 2018, will replace the aging F-4 Phantom II and F-5 fighter jets.