Britain has declared its fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and up-armed Eurofighter Typhoons ready for operations, a major milestone in the overhaul of the UK’s combat aircraft capability. Initial operational capability (IOC), finalized in mid-December and formally announced on Jan. 10, means Britain’s short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35Bs are ready for operations anywhere in the world, says Air Chief Marshal Stephen Hillier, chief of staff of the British ...

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