Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.wikipedia
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Stealth aircraft

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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
Well-known modern examples of stealth of U.S. aircraft include the United States' F-117 Nighthawk (1981–2008), the B-2 Spirit, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II development

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As the largest and most expensive military program, the F-35 is the subject of [[Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II development#Concerns over performance and safety|much scrutiny and criticism]] in the U.S. and in other countries.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II development started in 1992 with the origins of the Joint Strike Fighter program and is set to culminate in full production in 2018.

Fifth-generation jet fighter

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The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.
, the only combat-ready fifth-generation fighters are the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, which entered service with the United States Air Force in 2005; the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which entered service in 2015; and the Chengdu J-20, which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in September 2017.

Lockheed Martin X-35

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The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
The X-35 was declared winner over the competing Boeing X-32 and a developed, armed version went on to enter production in the early 21st century as the F-35 Lightning II.

Joint Strike Fighter program

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The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
This is the F-35 Lightning II, which will replace various tactical aircraft, including the US F-16, A-10, F/A-18A-D, AV-8B and British Harrier GR7, GR9s, and Tornado GR4.

Lockheed Martin

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The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
The company has received the Collier Trophy six times, including in 2001 for being part of developing the X-35/F-35B LiftFan Propulsion System, and most recently in 2006 for leading the team that developed the F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

Northrop Grumman

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It is built by Lockheed and many subcontractors, including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, and BAE Systems.
Tactical aircraft sensors include the AN/APG-68 radar, the AN/APG-80 AESA radar, and the AN/APG-83 AESA radar upgrade for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the AN/APG-77 AESA radar for the F-22 Raptor, and the AN/APG-81 AESA radar for the F-35 Lightning II, and the AN/AAQ-37 electro-optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35, and the APQ-164 Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA) radar for the B-1 Lancer.

Rolls-Royce LiftSystem

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The STOVL F-35B is outfitted with the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, designed by Lockheed Martin and developed by Rolls-Royce.
The Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, together with the F135 engine, is an aircraft propulsion system designed for use in the STOVL variant of the F-35 Lightning II.

Pratt & Whitney F135

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The Pratt & Whitney F135 powers the F-35.
The Pratt & Whitney F135 is an afterburning turbofan developed for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, a single-engine strike fighter.

Pratt & Whitney

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It is built by Lockheed and many subcontractors, including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, and BAE Systems.
In October 2014, Pratt & Whitney was awarded a $592 million contract with US Defense Department to supply 36 F135 engines for the F-35 fighter.

STOVL

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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 same is true of the F-35B Lightning II, which demonstrated VTOL capability in test flights but is operationally STOVL.

Multirole combat aircraft

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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engined, all-weather stealth multirole fighters.
The newest fighter jet that fits the definition of 'multi-role' is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II/Joint Strike Fighter, designed to perform stealth-based ground/naval strike, fighter, reconnaissance and electronic warfare roles.

Harrier Jump Jet

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This system more resembles the German VJ 101D/E than the preceding STOVL Harrier Jump Jet and the Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine.
In the long term, several operators have announced their intention to supplement or replace their Harrier fleets with the STOVL variant of the F-35 Lightning II, designated as the F-35B.

Meteor (missile)

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The Meteor air-to-air missile may be adapted for the F-35, a modified Meteor with smaller tailfins for the F-35 was revealed in September 2010; plans call for the carriage of four Meteors internally.
It is intended to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon of the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Saudi Air Force, Luftwaffe, Spanish Air Force, Italian Air Force and Qatar Air Force, British and Italian F-35 Lightning IIs, Dassault Rafale of the French Air Force, Indian Air Force Qatar Air Force, and Egyptian Air Force and the Saab JAS 39 Gripen of the Swedish Air Force.

GBU-53/B

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Another option is four GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb IIs in each bay on all F-35 variants.
It will be integrated on the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle and F-35 Lightning fighters.

General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136

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An alternative engine, the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136, was being developed until it was cancelled by its manufacturers in December 2011 for lack of funding from the Pentagon.
The General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 was an advanced turbofan engine being developed by General Electric and Rolls-Royce plc for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Brimstone (missile)

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The weapon bays can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Paveway series of bombs, the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Brimstone anti-tank missiles, and cluster munitions (Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser).
However, it will not be integrated on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

AGM-158 JASSM

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These include four underwing pylons that can carry the AIM-120 AMRAAM BVR AAM, AGM-158 Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) cruise missile, and guided bombs; and two near-wingtip pylons for the AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-132 ASRAAM short-range air-to-air missiles (AAM).
The JASSM will be carried by a wide range of aircraft: the F-15E; F-16; F/A-18; F-35; B-1B; B-2; and B-52 are all intended to carry the weapon.

25 mm caliber

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The F-35A is armed with a GAU-22/A, a four-barrel version of the 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer cannon.
The US military uses 25 mm weapons in their AV-8B Harrier, AC-130 gunship, M2 Bradley, LAV-25, F-35 Lightning II and as a standard ship-based munition in the Mk 38 autocannon.

Martin-Baker

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A Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat. Launched by a twin-catapult system housed in side rails, the seat is widely used in fighter jets, but can endanger lightweight pilots wearing the F-35's heavier-than-usual helmet.
Martin-Baker seats have been fitted into over 200 fixed-wing and rotary types with the most recent being the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II programme.

Pratt & Whitney F119

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Like the Pratt & Whitney F119 from which it was derived, the F135 has suffered afterburner pressure pulsations, or 'screech' at low altitude and high speed.
The F119 derivative, the F135, produces 40000 lbf of thrust for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II.

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

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It is augmented by the nose-mounted Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), it provides the capabilities of an externally mounted Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod with a reduced radar cross-section.
Further variants are the Sniper Extended Range (XR), as well as the PANTERA export derivative of the Sniper XR. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is built with the equivalent of the Sniper XR in its onboard sensors.

Adacel

An Adacel cockpit speech-recognition system, a first for an operational U.S. fixed-wing aircraft, although similar systems have been used on the AV-8B Harrier II and trialed in the F-16 VISTA and other aircraft.
The company is a developer of critical aviation, speech recognition, defense simulation and security systems for government and commercial enterprises, including the F-35 Lightning II.

McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II

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An Adacel cockpit speech-recognition system, a first for an operational U.S. fixed-wing aircraft, although similar systems have been used on the AV-8B Harrier II and trialed in the F-16 VISTA and other aircraft.
USMC and Italian Navy AV-8Bs are to be replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, with the former expected to operate its Harriers until 2025.

CATOBAR

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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.