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F-35 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.

Version: A

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.

The F-35A is expected to match the F-16 in maneuverability and instantaneous high-g performance, and outperform it in stealth, payload, range on internal fuel, avionics, operational effectiveness, supportability, and survivability.
It is expected to match an F-16 that is carrying the usual external fuel tank in acceleration performance.

The A variant is primarily intended to replace the RNoAF’s F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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.

The A variant is primarily intended to replace the RNoAF’s F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Source & more info: wikipedia.org

Last update: 5 October 2019

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