The U.S. Air Force's F-35A has been deployed to the Middle East for the first time, Air Forces Central Command announced on Monday.
The fighter jets have deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
"We are adding a cutting-edge weapons system to our arsenal that significantly enhances the capability of the coalition," Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella, commander of AFCENT, said in the statement.
"The sensor fusion and survivability this aircraft provides to the joint force will enhance security and stability across the theater and deter aggressors."
"The F-35A provides our nation air dominance in any threat," added Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.