F-35 Lightning II - Joint Strike Fighter

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Product Type:

5th Generation Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF), Navy and Marine Corps

Program Status:

In Production (LRIP phase)

Prime Contractors:

Lockheed Martin Corporation
Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies)

The F-35 Lightning II JSF

About the F-35 Lightning II:





The Lockheed Martin F–35 Lightning II aka Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a fifth generation single-seat, single-engine multi-role fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, and allied nations. The F-35 is developed from the X-35, the winning prototype aircraft in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program - selected over Boeing's X-32 design. The F-35 has a low radar cross section due to the radar absorbent "stealthy" materials used on the aircraft. Also, the shape of the F-35 makes it more difficult to detect on radar.

The F-35 is the DoD's most expensive weapon system ever and schedule delays and cost overruns have dogged the aircraft's development. Recent estimates suggest the F-35 program could exceed $1 trillion over 50 years.

The F-35 is a fifth generation strike fighter which entails increased performance, stealth signature and countermeasures. The advanced avionics, data links, and adverse weather precision targeting incorporate the latest technology available. The highly supportable, affordable, state-of-the-art aircraft is designed to command and maintain global air superiority.

The F-35 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan engine.

The F-35 is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 AESA radar system and AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EO DAS). The F-35 pilot will wear a helmet-mounted display system (F-35 HMDS) from VSI (VSI is a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins). The targeting system on the F-35 is the nose-mounted Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-40 Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). The F-35's self-protection system is the BAE Systems AN/ASQ-239 Barracuda, an improved version of the F-22's AN/ALR-94 EW suite. Other equipment on the F-35 include the Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat; retractable probe for aerial refueling (Cobham), located on the right side of the forward fuselage; Honeywell Air Management and Life Support Systems; General Electric standby flight display system, electrical power management system, remote input/output data concentrator unit, weapons control and data electronics, and actuation systems. Also, Goodrich (now United Technologies) builds the landing gear for the F-35.



Total Cost - Life of Program (LoP):

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, which provides the total procurement cost of the F-35 program (both including and excluding engines) as well as research and development (RDT&E) funds + military construction (MILCON) costs in support of the program.



FY 2017 DoD F-35 Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, which provides historic F-35 spending figures as well as a unique 10-Year Budget Forecast.



FY 2018 DoD F-35 Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, which provides historic F-35 spending figures as well as a unique 10-Year Budget Forecast.




Sources Used: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Lockheed Martin Corp.,
BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, General Electric,
Rockwell Collins, and General Dynamics.

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