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Lockheed Martin F-35 "Lightning II"

5th Generation Strike Fighter

Low Observable Strike.

Born of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, the F-35 'Lightning II' 5th Generation strike fighter series consists of a single aircraft developed to fulfill the requirements of three different American air services resulting in the conventional A-model, the VTOL-capable B-model, and the navalized C-model. All are equally capable of strike and air-to-air combat with stealth figuring into the mix and, despite early growing pains, the product has begun to make waves on the global stage as more and more operators begin usage of the series.
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Mission Roles

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One Aircraft, Three Variants

Conventional, carrier, or vertical take-off and landing. The F-35 was developed from the outset to satisfy the over-battlefield requirements of three major American military services, and it has done so, becoming a very versatile combat platform.

Inside or Outside

The F-35 has an in-built capability to carry war loads internally and can support air-launched and drop ordnance through underwing hardpoints externally - meaning any mission type can be taken on without hesitation.

Pilot and Machine as One

The F-35 boasts a bevy of systems that reduce pilot work loads and error while providing unprecedented situational awareness and survivability - qualities expected of any 5th Generation aircraft type.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Regardless of model variant, the F-35 is given an inherently extensive reach by way of internal fuel stores, an in-flight refueling capability, and the option to carry jettisonable fuel tanks - meaning the enemy is not safe wherever it may tread.


Active, In-Service (9 yrs)
Lockheed Martin - USA
435 Units
11 Total

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Australia; Belgium (planned); Denmark (planned); Israel; Italy; Japan (Modern); Netherlands; Norway; Poland (planned); South Korea; United Kingdom; United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
F-35A: 1 x Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan engine developing 28,000lb of dry thrust and 43,000lb of thrust with reheat.

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
1,199 mph | 1,930 kph | 1,042 kts
Service Ceiling
49,213 ft | 15,000 m | 9.32 miles
Operational Range
1,740 miles | 2,800 km | 1,512 nm
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the F-35A production model)
50.52 feet (15.40 meters)
36.09 feet (11.00 meters)
14.21 feet (4.33 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the F-35A production model)
29,002 lb (13,155 kg)
69,999 lb (31,751 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the F-35A production model)
2 x Internal weapons bays limtied to 5,700lb of drop / air-launched ordnance. 6 x External underwing (three per wing) hardpoints supporting various in-service (and some future) Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs), Air-to-Surface Missiles (ASMs), Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs), and conventional and precision-guided drop bombs. External, jettisonable fuel stores also supported.

F-35A - Only version equipped with 1 x 25mm GAU-22/A internal gun. Supported Types:

Close-in Cannon graphic Close-in Gun(s)
Air-to-Air Missile graphic Air-to-Air Missiles
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Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
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F-35 - Base Series Designation.
F-35A - Base fixed-wing variant; only version to house internal cannon (GUA-22/A).
F-35B - STOVL variant with Vertical Flight System (VFS); reduced G-stress levels of airframe; reduced fuel stores (reducing operational range).
F-35C - Navalized fixed-wing F-35A; folding wingtips for shipborne storage; increased wing and tail surfaces for improved low-and-slow handling; reinforced undercarriage; twin-wheeled nose landing gear leg; arrestor hook.
F-35D - Proposed upgraded F-35A models for service 2035 and beyond.
F-35I "Adir" - Israeli Air Force variant based in the F-35A; Israeli equipment and weapons support; received in 2016.
CF-35 - Proposed variant for the RCAF to replace aging stock of CF-18 Hornets; to feature drogue parachute for reduced landing rolls.

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