SAN DIEGO  – Warfighting capability has never looked so good for the Grim Reapers of U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101. No stranger to supersonic jets and the pilots who fly them, VFA-101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is home for development and training for its fifth generation, multi-role fighter and attack jet, the F-35C Lightning II.

Lockheed Martin says its futuristic jet combines advanced stealth, integrated avionics, sensor fusion and superior logistics support with the most powerful and comprehensive sensor package of any fighter aircraft in history.

Lockheed Martin’s brainchild has some big wings to fill coming from the legacy fighter, F/A-18 Super Hornet. The Navy reported, “The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities and versatility during Operation Desert Storm, shooting down enemy fighters and subsequently bombing enemy targets with the same aircraft on the same mission.”

As the F/A-18 set the high bar, its successor, the super-fast F-35C carrier variant, is keeping America’s Navy ahead of the game played with potentially lethal adversaries. According to Lockheed Martin, the F-35C will enable pilots to be six to eight times more effective in air-to-air, air-to-ground, and surveillance missions.

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