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Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet: The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet is also able to provide electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.
Lockheed Martin is the prime F-35 contractor, with principal partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet aircraft has three main variants:
- The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A,
- The short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35B, and
- The carrier-based (CV/CATOBAR) F-35C.
What you need to know about “Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet”
1. Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, which in 2001 beat the Boeing X-32 to win the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
2. Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet development is principally funded by the United States, with additional funding from program partner countries from NATO and close U.S. allies, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Italy, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and formerly Turkey.
3. Several other countries have ordered, or are considering ordering Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet.
4. The program has drawn much scrutiny and criticism for its unprecedented size, complexity, ballooning costs, and much-delayed deliveries, with numerous technical flaws still being corrected.
5. The acquisition strategy of concurrent production of the aircraft while it was still in development and testing led to expensive design changes and retrofits.
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Facts about Lockheed Martin F-35 Fighter Jet
1. The aircraft can use six external weapons stations for missions that do not require stealth
2. The F-35’s mission systems are among the most complex aspects of the aircraft. The avionics and sensor fusion are designed to enhance the pilot’s situational awareness and command and control capabilities and facilitate network-centric warfare.
3. The F-35 is a family of single-engine, supersonic, stealth multirole fighters. The second fifth generation fighter to enter US service and the first operational supersonic STOVL stealth fighter, the F-35 emphasizes low observables, advanced avionics and sensor fusion that enable a high level of situational awareness and long range lethality.