Commandant: Marine Corps' Focus Is On Joint Strike Fighter IOC In 2012

By Zachary M. Peterson / December 16, 2009 at 5:00 AM
Despite delays to the first flight test of the F-35 short-takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighter, Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway said yesterday the service remains focused on aircraft builder Lockheed Martin meeting the 2012 date for the initial operational capability of the fifth-generation fighter. "My focus is on the promise that the contractor has made to us that we will have [initial operational capability] of our first squadron . . . in 2012," Conway said at a...

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