General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle Commander, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia said Friday the F-35A will deploy to Europe this ‘spring to summertime’ but don’t look for the aircraft to participate in the fight against ISIS anytime soon.

The plan is a few years out. It’s not going to happen this year,” Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle told reporters during a breakfast in Washington, D.C.

“But we have plans to send it to the Middle East in the not-too-distant future,” Carlisle added. “It would deploy as an asset for the [Combined Forces Air Component commander] at Al Udeid [Qatar], so he would use it as he would see fit, and I would certainly expect it to participate in operations just like the F-22 is today.” –