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F-35A Lightning II

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2D drawing F-35AThe Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.
It has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant.

The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
It is built by Lockheed Martin and many subcontractors, including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, and BAE Systems.

The F-35 first flew on 15 December 2006.

In July 2015, the United States Marines declared its first squadron of F-35B fighters ready for deployment.
However, the DOD-based durability testing indicated the service life of early-production F-35B aircraft is well under the expected 8,000 flight hours, and may be as low as 2,100 flight hours.
Lot 9 and later aircraft include design changes but service life testing has yet to occur.

The U.S. Air Force declared its first squadron of F-35As ready for deployment in August 2016.
The U.S. Navy declared its first F-35Cs ready in February 2019.
In 2018, the F-35 made its combat debut with the Israeli Air Force.

The U.S. plans to buy 2,663 F-35s, which will provide the bulk of the crewed tactical airpower of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps in coming decades.
Deliveries of the F-35 for the U.S. military are scheduled until 2037 with a projected service life up to 2070.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.
It has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant.

The F-35 first flew on 15 December 2006.

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The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the U.S. Air Force and other air forces.
It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A.
This 25 mm cannon is a development of the GAU-12 carried by the USMC’s AV-8B Harrier II.
It is designed for increased effectiveness against ground targets compared to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.

Although the Australian Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships were not originally planned to operate fixed-wing aircraft, in May 2014, the Minister for Defence David Johnston stated in media interviews that the government was considering acquiring F-35B fighters for Canberras, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott instructed 2015 Defence White Paper planners to consider the option of embarking F-35B squadrons aboard the two ships.
Supporters of the idea stated that providing fixed-wing support to amphibious operations would maximize aircraft capability, and the presence of a ski-jump ramp, inherited from the original design, meant that the vessels were better suited to STOVL operations than equivalent ships with flat flight decks.
Opponents to the idea countered that embarking enough F-35Bs to be effective required abandoning the ships’ amphibious capability and would make the pseudo-carriers more valuable targets, modifications would be required to make the flight deck capable of handling vertical-landing thrust and to increase fuel and ordnance capacity for sustained operations, and that the F-35B project itself has been the most expensive and most problematic of the Joint Strike Fighter variants.

In July 2015, Australia ended consideration of buying the F-35B for its two largest assault ships, as the ship modifications were projected to cost more than AUS$5 billion (US$4.4 billion).
The plan was opposed by the Royal Australian Air Force, as an F-35B order could have diminished the number of F-35As purchased.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

Last update: 5 October 2019

The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the U.S. Air Force and other air forces.
It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A.
This 25 mm cannon is a development of the GAU-12 carried by the USMC’s AV-8B Harrier II.
It is designed for increased effectiveness against ground targets compared to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.

In July 2015, Australia ended consideration of buying the F-35B for its two largest assault ships, as the ship modifications were projected to cost more than AUS$5 billion (US$4.4 billion).
The plan was opposed by the Royal Australian Air Force, as an F-35B order could have diminished the number of F-35As purchased.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

Last update: 5 October 2019

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