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F-35 Lightning II
.An F-35 Lightning II, marked AA-1, lands on 23 October 2008 at Edwards Air Force Base.^ Air Force to study Jacksonville for F-35 fighter base .
  • Air Force to study Jacksonville for F-35 fighter base | Jacksonville.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC jacksonville.com [Source type: General]

^ F-35 Lightning II," Boley said.
  • Pratt & Whitney F135 Engine Powers F-35 Historic First In Flight STOVL Conversion - Yahoo! Finance 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC finance.yahoo.com [Source type: News]
  • About - Business & Finance - MEDIAVIEWER 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC markets.about.com [Source type: News]

^ Like lightning, the F-35 ‘Lightning II’ will strike with destructive force.
  • Defense.gov News Release: Joint Strike Fighter Named Lightning II 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.defense.gov [Source type: General]

Role Stealth multirole fighter
First flight 15 December 2006[1]
Introduction 2012 (Marines IOC[2][3]) 2016 (USN, USAF)[4][5][6]
Status Under development, in flight testing
Produced 2003–present
Number built 13 flight-test aircraft;.[7][8]
15 LRIP aircraft on order.^ The $344.3M funding supports LRIP RERP production for 15 aircraft, including installation on three aircraft, material and fabrication for five aircraft, and long-lead funding for seven aircraft.
  • theflyonthewall.com: the Fastest Breaking Financial and Equity News on the Web 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.theflyonthewall.com [Source type: General]

^ Permalink Well Britain has already ordered 3x F-35B LRIP aircraft, so your first prediction is wrong, I’m afraid, Tom… .
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Low-rate initial production (LRIP) for the F-35A/B was approved in April 2007 with an order for two CTOL aircraft.
  • F-35 Lightning II - Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - Air Force Technology 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.airforce-technology.com [Source type: Reference]

Unit cost US$83 million (flyaway cost
in Then-Year dollars)[9]
Developed from Lockheed Martin X-35
.The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighter, that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions.^ The F-35 Lighting II is a Fifth Generation Fighter, single seat with stealth capability and multiple mission support.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter aircraft.
  • Reinforced Plastics - Quickstep lines up major Joint Strike Fighter contract 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.reinforcedplastics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Weight-Optimized F-35 Test Fleet Adds Conventional Takeoff And Landing Variant / Scientific Frontline 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.sflorg.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10] .The F-35 has three different models; one is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant.^ Current plans call for production of 2,458 F-35 aircraft in three versions: conventional (CTOL), short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL), and carrier (CV).
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  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Features IEEE 1394 Networking Standard ~ EDA Geek 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC edageek.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The flight of the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35 variant began at 12:44 p.m.
  • First F-35 Lightning II flight 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighter First Flight 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.gizmag.com [Source type: General]
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighter Completes First Flight. | Planenews Aviation News 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC planenews.com [Source type: General]
  • News from Lockheed Martin UK 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.lockheedmartin.co.uk [Source type: Reference]
  • F-35 Lightning II Stealth fighter goes aloft for the first time 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC mobiledevdesign.com [Source type: Reference]
  • TTC - Press Releases - TTC Supports Successful F-35 Lightning II First Flight 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.ttcdas.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft is being built in three variants: a conventional take-off and landing aircraft for the U.S. and other Air Forces; a carrier based variant for the U.S. Navy; and a short take-off and vertical landing aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
  • Barco | Avionics | Barco selected to join the L-3 Communications Display Systems' F-35 Joint Strike Fighter International Integrated Product Development Team 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.barco.com [Source type: Reference]

.The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.^ PSFD, phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
  • U.S., U.K. sign next stage Joint Strike Fighter agreement | USEUCOM, Stronger Together 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.eucom.mil [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERS: New jets coming to Nellis .
  • reviewjournal.com -- News: F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTERS: New jets coming to Ne... 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.reviewjournal.com [Source type: News]

^ Britain has been part of the Joint Strike Fighter program since the beginning.
  • Joint Strike Fighter Rolled Out, Named Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.navy.mil [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • DefenseLINK News: Joint Strike Fighter Rolled Out, Named Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC osd.dtic.mil [Source type: News]
  • PC Free Zone 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.theodoresworld.net [Source type: General]

.Its development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding.^ In addition to the United States, the F-35 program has eight other partners.
  • F-35 centerpiece for international partnership 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.af.mil [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The United States and eight international partners are involved the F-35’s funding and development.
  • First F-35 Lightning II flight 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighter Completes First Flight. | Planenews Aviation News 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC planenews.com [Source type: General]

^ Its development is being funded by the United States, the United Kingdom, and other partner governments.
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  • Lockheed Martin Presents F-35 For Indian Air Force 126 MRCA Contract | India Defence 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.india-defence.com [Source type: News]

[11] .It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as major partners.^ Northrop Grumman is a principal and founding member of the F-35 industry team led by Lockheed Martin.
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  • NGC Begins Producing 1st Int'l F-35 JSF 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.defaiya.com [Source type: News]

^ Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 in conjunction with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE SYSTEMS. Companies worldwide are participating in the F-35's development.
  • Harris Corporation Awarded $30 Million Contract for Intra-Flight Data Link Components Onboard F-35 Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.harris.com [Source type: Reference]
  • Harris Corporation Awarded $30 Million Contract for Intra-Flight Data Link Components Onboard F-35 Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tmcnet.com [Source type: News]
  • F-35 Production Facilities Near Completion at Lockheed Martin 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www2.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
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  • Skycontrol.net: F-35 fueltest confirm solid, well-built design; structural testing begins at Lockheed Martin 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.skycontrol.net [Source type: Reference]
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[11] Demonstrator aircraft flew in 2000,[12] with the first flight on 15 December 2006.[13]

Contents

Development

JSF Program history

Requirement

An F-35 wind tunnel testing model in the Arnold Engineering Development Center's 16-foot transonic wind tunnel
.The JSF program was designed to replace the U.S. military's F-16, A-10, F/A-18 (excluding newer E/F "Super Hornet" variants) and AV-8B tactical fighter aircraft.^ Tags: Italian Navy , Military Aviation , Naval Aviation , aircraft carrier , AV-8B , cavour , EA-6b , f-18 , F-35 .
  • Joint Strike Fighter — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC en.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

^ Joint Combat Aircraft designation for the F-35 program used by the United Kingdom .
  • Aerospaceweb.org | Aircraft Museum - F-35 Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.aerospaceweb.org [Source type: Reference]

^ He cites that in the four stealthy aircraft programs that preceded the F-35, the U.S. military declared a need for 2,378 planes, but ultimately bought only 267.
  • The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program – Its Ups and Downs (Update) | The Moderate Voice 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC themoderatevoice.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

To keep development, production, and operating costs down, a common design was planned in three variants that share 80% of their parts:
  • F-35A, conventional take off and landing (CTOL) variant.
  • F-35B, short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant.
  • F-35C, carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant.
.The F-35 is intended to be the world's premier strike aircraft through 2040, with close- and long-range air-to-air capability second only to that of the F-22 Raptor.^ "It will provide air- to-air capability second only to the F-22 air superiority fighter," he said.
  • Defense.gov News Article: Lockheed-Martin Team Wins Joint Strike Fighter Competition 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defense.gov [Source type: News]

^ Plans call for the F-35 to be the world's premier strike aircraft through 2040.

^ In the United States Air Force, the F-35 with its multiple capabilities will replace several aircraft including the F-16 and A-10, and it is intended to be the world’s premier strike aircraft through 2040.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10] .The F-35 is required to be four times more effective than existing fighters in air-to-air combat, eight times more effective in air-to-ground combat, and three times more effective in reconnaissance and suppression of air defenses – all while having better range and requiring less logistics support.^ The DoD requirement which the F-35 satisfies specifies that it be eight times more effective in air-to-ground operations and three times more effective in reconnaissance and suppression of air defenses than any existing types - all while having better range and requiring less logistics support than the F-22.

^ It was more than time to fund a revamp.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Fighter DronesCT-133s Combat Support .

[14]
.Lockheed Martin has suggested that the F-35 could also replace the USAF's F-15C/D air superiority fighter and F-15E Strike Eagles in the air superiority role.^ The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
  • U.S. Military Fighter Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC usmilitary.about.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Video of the Lockheed Martin F-35 multi-role fighter .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Multi-Role Fighter | Military-Today.com 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.military-today.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could be on Democrats’ hit list .
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  • F-35 | G2 Solutions News Analysis 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC g2globalsolutions.com [Source type: General]

[15]
.With takeoff weights up to 60,000 lb (27,000 kg), the F-35 is considerably heavier than the lightweight fighters it replaces.^ Empty Weight: 26,000 lbs.
  • F-35 Lightning II - F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Although designed to replace the F-16 which was conceived as a lightweight fighter, the F-35 will fly at a weight of 60,000 lb.

^ The F-35 Lightning II is a supersonic, multi-role, stealth fighter designed to replace a wide range of existing aircraft.
  • Defense.gov News Article: Turkey Signs On for Next Phase of Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defense.gov [Source type: News]

.In empty and maximum gross weights, it more closely resembles the single-seat, single-engine F-105 Thunderchief which was the largest single-engine fighter of the Vietnam era.^ The F-35 is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable multi-role fighter that can perform close air support, tactical bombing and air defense missions.
  • F-35 looks to be costlier than planned - UPI.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.upi.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air-to-air combat.
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^ All JSF F-35 variants are single-engine, single-seat aircraft and are described to have supersonic and reduced radar and infra-red detectibility (“stealth”) characteristics.
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Origins and selection

.The Joint Strike Fighter evolved out of several requirements for a common fighter to replace existing types.^ "The Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth-generation fighter."
  • Joint Strike Fighter 'a tough task' - Breaking News - National - Breaking News 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.smh.com.au [Source type: News]

^ Joint Strike Fighter vs A6K .
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  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Analysis 2002 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • ANALYSIS: Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter({\relax Australian Aviation}, May/June 2002, p 28-32, p 24-27.) 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.sci.fi [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Blogs about : Joint Strike Fighter .
  • Joint Strike Fighter — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC en.wordpress.com [Source type: General]

The actual JSF development contract was signed on 16 November 1996.
.The contract for System Development and Demonstration (SDD) was awarded on 26 October 2001 to Lockheed Martin, whose X-35 beat the Boeing X-32.^ On October 26, 2001, the Department of Defense awarded the contract for system development and demonstration to Lockheed Martin.
  • F-35 Lightning II - F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC militaryhistory.about.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the F-35, having won the bid in October 2001.
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^ Upon System Design and Development (SDD) contract award to Lockheed Martin on October 26, 2001, the program embarked on full development of three affordable and effective JSF variants.
  • The Year In Defense | Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.theyearindefense.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.According to Department of Defense officials and British Minister of Defence Procurement Lord Bach, the X-35 consistently outperformed the X-32, although both met or exceeded requirements.^ DoD officials and British Minister of Defence Procurement Lord Bach, said the X-35 consistently outperformed the X-32, although both met or exceeded requirements.

^ "It will see Australia through the next 30 or 40 years," said Australian Defense Minister Brendan Nelson at a State Department ceremony Tuesday.
  • UK stands by Joint Strike Fighter for now - USATODAY.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ United Kingdom Minister for Defense Procurement Lord Peter Drayson signed a memorandum of understanding early today in the Pentagon.
  • Canada, Australia, U.K. Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreements 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC thesop.org [Source type: News]
  • Canada, Australia, U.K. Sign Joint Strike Fighter Agreements 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.militaryconnection.com [Source type: News]

The designation of the fighter as "F-35" came as a surprise to Lockheed, which had been referring to the aircraft in-house by the designation "F-24".[16]

Design phase

F-35 Lightning II video.ogv
F-35 Lightning II USAF video
.The F-35B STOVL variant was in danger of missing performance requirements in 2004 because it weighed too much – reportedly, by 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) or 8 percent.^ More news on the F-35B STOVL variant.
  • F-35 Lightning II (2) testing and production thread, page 3 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.abovetopsecret.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-35B variant was in danger of missing performance requirements because it weighed too much — reportedly, by 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) or 8 percent.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Thrust-to-weight ratio The F-35B variant was in danger of missing performance requirements because it weighed too much — reportedly, by 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) or 8 percent.

.In response, Lockheed Martin added engine thrust and shed more than a ton by thinning the aircraft's skin; shrinking the weapons bay and vertical stabilizers; re-routing some thrust from the roll-post outlets to the main nozzle; and redesigning the wing-mate joint, portions of the electrical system, and the portion of the aircraft immediately behind the cockpit.^ More so than previous aircraft, the F-35 is intended to be part of a system.
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]

^ In response, Lockheed Martin added engine thrust and shed more than a ton by thinning the aircraft's skin; shrinking the weapons bay and vertical tails; rerouting some thrust from the roll-post outlets to the main nozzle; and redesigning the wing-mate joint, portions of the electrical system, and the portion of the aircraft immediately behind the cockpit .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The U.K. is spending some $2 billion on the aircraft's development, according to Lockheed Martin.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[17]
.On 7 July 2006, the US Air Force officially announced the name of the F-35: Lightning II, in honor of Lockheed's World War II-era twin-prop P-38 Lightning[18] and the Cold War-era jet, the English Electric Lightning.^ F-35 Lightning II attack plane .
  • 3d f-35 lightning ii plane model 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.turbosquid.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (mock-up) .
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 Lightning II 360 Deg.
  • F-35 Lightning II 360 Deg. Airframe ONLY RC Jets - HLI3501 Radio Control Jets 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.hobby-lobby.com [Source type: General]

[19] .English Electric Company's aircraft division was a predecessor of F-35 partner BAE Systems.^ BAE Systems are involved in the manufacturing of the F-35.

^ The interceptor was developed in the mid-1950s by English Electric, now a legacy company of F-35 partner BAE Systems.
  • F-35 Lightning II Debuts — Third Quarter 2006 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ English Electric eventually became BAE Systems, an industry partner on the program.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Lightning II was also an early company name for the aircraft that became the F-22 Raptor.^ The name 'Lightning' was considered for the F-22 before 'Raptor' was finally chosen.
  • Defense Tech: Introducing the F-35 'Lightning II' 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ 'Lightning II' is a rather lame name.
  • Defense Tech: Introducing the F-35 'Lightning II' 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ Other names previously listed as contenders were Kestrel, Phoenix, Piasa, Black Mamba and Spitfire II. Lightning II was also an early company name for the aircraft that became the F-22 Raptor.

.On 19 December 2008, Lockheed Martin rolled out the first weight-optimized F-35A (designated AF-1).^ Lockheed Martin readies F-35B STOVL JSF for roll out .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ On December 19, 2008, Lockheed Martin rolled out the first weight optimized F-35A (AF-1) which is the first F-35 to be assembled at full production speed.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On 19 February 2006, the first F-35A was rolled out in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • US offers its latest fighter to India 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It is the first F-35 to be produced at a full-rate production speed and is structurally identical to the production F-35As that will be delivered starting in 2010.[20]
.As of 5 January 2009, six F-35s are complete, including AF-1 and AG-1, and 17 are in production.^ As of January 5, 2009, six F-35A’s have been completed and 17 are in production of which 13 are pre-production test aircraft.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Six F-35’s are now complete and 17 are in production.” .
  • F-22 and F-35, Not Mutually Exclusive | The Moderate Voice 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC themoderatevoice.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Six F-35’s are now complete and 17 are in production.
  • A Factor in the F-22 Procurement Decision: The F-35 Lightning II | The Moderate Voice 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC themoderatevoice.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

."Thirteen of the 17 in production are pre-production test aircraft, and all of those will be finished in 2009," said John R. Kent, acting manager of F-35 Lightning II Communications at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.^ F-35 Lightning II 360 Deg.
  • F-35 Lightning II 360 Deg. Airframe ONLY RC Jets - HLI3501 Radio Control Jets 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.hobby-lobby.com [Source type: General]

^ Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (Source: Lockheed Martin) "Too close for missiles, I'm switching to guns."
  • DailyTech - Production F-35 Lightning II to Feature Voice Recognition 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Lockheed Martin said it welcomes the decision.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

."The other four are the first production-model planes, and the first of those will be delivered in 2010 to the U.S. Air Force, and will go to Eglin."^ Model Planes Copyright 2010.
  • Page 7: Jet Military Model Airplanes - Fighter Jet and Turbine Engine Scale Military Airplane Models: War Planes 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.warplanes.com [Source type: Academic]

^ The other option is the F-16E for the Air Force.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ The aircraft will be delivered to the Air Force in 2010.
  • Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - 2008 Archive 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.jsf.org.uk [Source type: Reference]

[21]
.On 6 April 2009, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates proposed speeding up production for the US to buy 2,443 F-35s.^ Secretary of Defense Gates has proposed ending F-22 production and speeding the JSF up to make up for the end of the high end, stealthy aircraft.
  • Air Force Willing To Sacrifice Today's Force For JSF Future | BNET Government Blog | BNET 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC industry.bnet.com [Source type: News]

^ Defense Secretary Robert Gates, tou … .

^ The F-35 Lightning II: Fire in the Sky 2009-04-16 18:24:00 Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended increasing the Pentagon's procurement of the F-35 from 14 aircraft in 2009 to 30 in 2010.

[22][23]
.On 21 April 2009 media reports, citing Pentagon sources, said that during 2007 and 2008, computer spies managed to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to F-35's design and the electronics systems, potentially enabling the development of defense systems against the aircraft.^ In the case of the fighter-jet program, the intruders were able to copy and siphon off several terabytes of data related to design and electronics systems, officials say, potentially making it easier to defend against the craft.
  • Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project - WSJ.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ April 21, 2009 9:13 PM .
  • Cyber Intel Threatens Joint Strike Fighter - Government Inc. 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC voices.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ News/idUSTRE53K0TG20090421 Several terabytes of data?
  • Gates: Cyber Attacks A Constant Threat - CBS News 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cbsnews.com [Source type: General]

[24] However, Lockheed Martin has rejected suggestions that the project has been compromised, saying that it "does not believe any classified information had been stolen".[25]
.On 9 November 2009, Ashton Carter, under-secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, acknowledged that the Pentagon "joint estimate team" (JET) had found possible future cost and schedule overruns in the project and that he would be holding meetings to attempt to avoid these.^ Lockheed must keep the jet on schedule and costs under control.
  • Lockheed’s F-35 ‘Program Killer’ May Double Sales (Update1) - Bloomberg.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.bloomberg.com [Source type: News]
  • Daily Herald | Lockheed's F-35 'Program Killer' to double sales, blitz Boeing 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailyherald.com [Source type: News]

^ Gates and Deputy Secretary William Lynn have re-convened a "Joint Estimating Team" (JET) to reassess F-35 cost and schedule.
  • friendly printed version:The Pentagon's Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: The Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: General]

^ The F-35 Lightning II: Fire in the Sky 2009-04-16 18:24:00 Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommended increasing the Pentagon's procurement of the F-35 from 14 aircraft in 2009 to 30 in 2010.

[26]
.On 1 February 2010, Gates removed JSF Program Manager Marine Maj.^ The report said that the improper use of the management reserve ultimately led to a reduction in test planes and test flights in the JSF program.

^ Gates said he took the decision because "the taxpayer should not have to bear the entire burden of getting the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) program back on track."
  • US withholds funds from Lockheed over F-35 problems: Gates - Yahoo! News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC news.yahoo.com [Source type: News]

^ The U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps are not the only services invested in this program--eight international partners and allies are also wedded to JSF production.
  • Why Congress Cares About Engine Competition for the Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.heritage.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Gen. .David Heinz and withheld $614 million in payments to Lockheed Martin because of program costs and delays.^ The Pentagon will withhold 614 million dollars in fees from Lockheed Martin over cost...
  • US withholds funds from Lockheed over F-35 problem - World - Javno 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.javno.com [Source type: News]

^ The Pentagon will withhold 614 million dollars in fees from Lockheed Martin over cost overruns and delays in the F-35 fighter jet program.
  • US withholds funds from Lockheed over F-35 problem - World - Javno 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.javno.com [Source type: News]

^ The program has been troubled by cost overruns and delays.
  • Officials Say Hackers Didn't Steal Critical Data About New Fighter Jet - washingtonpost.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.washingtonpost.com [Source type: News]

[27][28]
.On 11 March 2010, a report from the Government Accountability Office to United States Senate Committee on Armed Services projected the overall unit cost of an F-35A to be $112m in today's money.^ A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report in April 2009 unveiled a potentially larger gap, citing a briefing to House Armed Services Committee staffers in which the Navy projected that its strike fighter shortfall could grow to 50 aircraft by FY 2010 and 243 by 2018 (129 Navy and 114 Marine Corps fighters).
  • Reasons that will influence Joint Strike Fighter future procurement decisions- cause lower F-35 | CEOWORLD Magazine 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC ceoworld.biz [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ SpazSinbad March 19th, 2009 at 5:42 am · Reply “The 273 [Chickenman] episodes can still be heard today on American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), particularly on stations that broadcast to American Forces stationed outside the continental United States (OCONUS).” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Forces_Radio_and_Television_Service .
  • F-35 Cockpit View « Neptunus Lex 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.neptunuslex.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Williams' experience is backed up by the reported observations of the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the US Congress.
  • Lowcountry Economic Network - Blog - F-35 production 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.lowcountrynet.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[29]

Design

F-35B's thrust vectoring nozzle and lift fan
The F-35A being towed to its inauguration ceremony on 7 July 2006
.The F-35 appears to be a smaller, slightly more conventional, single-engine sibling of the sleeker, twin-engine F-22 Raptor, and indeed drew elements from it.^ The F-35 is a small single engine F-22; both more or less resemble the F-18.
  • Aviapedia » Yak-141 and F-35 video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviapedia.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-35 is a single-engine plane.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ File:F-35A - Inauguration Towing.jpg The F-35A being towed to its inauguration ceremony on 7 July 2006 The F-35 appears to be a smaller, slightly more conventional, one-engine sibling of the sleeker, two-engine F-22 Raptor , and indeed, drew elements from it.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.The exhaust duct design was inspired by the General Dynamics Model 200 design, which was proposed for a 1972 supersonic VTOL fighter requirement for the Sea Control Ship.^ The exhaust duct design was inspired by the General Dynamics Model 200 , a 1972 VTOL aircraft designed for the Sea Control Ship .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The aircraft will enable the Navy to possess 5th generation fighter capabilities at sea, extending America's reach and reducing the timeline from threat to response.
  • F-35C rollout pics - Military Photos 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "The F-35 is the only multi-role fighter designed for survivability in the highest-threat environments, and it provides superior capability at comparable 4th generation fighter costs."
  • F-35 Brings Unique 5th Generation Capabilities - news from Boston.com 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC finance.boston.com [Source type: News]

[30] .For specialized development of the F-35B STOVL variant, Lockheed consulted with the Yakovlev Design Bureau, purchasing design data from their development of the Yakovlev Yak-141 "Freestyle".^ For specialized development of the F-35B STOVL variant, Lockheed consulted with the Yakovlev Design Bureau, purchasing design data from their development of the Yakovlev Yak-141 “Freestyle”.” .
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More news on the F-35B STOVL variant.
  • F-35 Lightning II (2) testing and production thread, page 3 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.abovetopsecret.com [Source type: General]

^ This system is more similar to the Russian Yak-141 and German VJ 101D/E [49] than previous STOVL designs, such as the Harrier with thrust vectoring .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[31][32] .Although several experimental designs have been built and tested since the 1960s including the Navy's unsuccessful Rockwell XFV-12, the F-35B is to be the first operational supersonic STOVL fighter.^ The F-35B will be the world's first operational supersonic STOVL aircraft.
  • F-35B Joint Strike Fighter 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35B is the first operational aircraft in the world that has STOVL capabilities and can fly at supersonic speeds.
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ It has since been adopted by the navies of several nations .
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The F-35 is designed to be America's "premier surface-to-air missile killer and is uniquely equipped for this mission with cutting edge processing power, synthetic aperture radar integration techniques, and advanced target recognition."[33]
Some improvements over current-generation fighter aircraft are:
.
  • Durable, low-maintenance stealth technology;
  • Integrated avionics and sensor fusion that combine information from off- and on board sensors to increase the pilot's situational awareness and improve target identification and weapon delivery, and to relay information quickly to other command and control (C2) nodes;
  • High speed data networking including IEEE 1394b[34] and Fibre Channel.^ High-Speed Supplement.”IEEE 1394b, 2002.
    • STSC CrossTalk - Performance-Based Software Sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II - Dec�2007 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.stsc.hill.af.mil [Source type: Reference]

    ^ Key to the F-35's targeting capability is sensor integration and data fusion.
    • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

    ^ Fibre channel for high-bandwidth sensors .
    • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: Reference]
    • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - encyclopedia article - Citizendium 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC en.citizendium.org [Source type: Reference]

    [35]
  • .
  • The Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment (ALGS), Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) help ensure aircraft uptime with minimal maintenance manpower.^ What we call the autonomic logistic system.
    • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A highly automated logistics information system, .
    • Avionics Magazine :: Joint Strike Fighter: Faster, Cheaper, Simpler Support 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The concept also depends on the Autonomic (self-running) Logistics Information System (ALIS).
    • Avionics Magazine :: Joint Strike Fighter: Faster, Cheaper, Simpler Support 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [36]
.The Teen Series of fighters (F-15, F-16, F/A-18) were notable for always carrying large external fuel tanks, but as a stealth aircraft the F-35 must fly most missions on internal fuel.^ F-15 and F-16 fighter programs.
  • DailyTech - Demand For F-35 JSF Aircraft Still Unknown 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]
  • DailyTech - Demand For F-35 JSF Aircraft Still Unknown 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ F-35 is the best fighter aircraft.
  • F-35 1st Flight Video From Lockheed Martin - Video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 will succeed the F-16 jet fighter.
  • Luke AFB on short list for F-35 training - Phoenix Business Journal: 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC phoenix.bizjournals.com [Source type: News]

.Unlike the F-16 and F/A-18, the F-35 lacks leading edge extensions (LEX) and instead uses stealth-friendly chines for vortex lift in the same fashion as the SR-71 Blackbird.^ Refuelling the SR-71 Blackbird .

^ SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane .
  • F-35 Lightning II 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC woodandmodels.com [Source type: Reference]

^ They can and will do the same thing to all variants of the F/A-18 Hornet (including the E model you speak of due to the fighter being old and limited compared to the F-35).
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Takes On Thunderbirds Colors | Popular Science 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.popsci.com [Source type: General]

[37] .The small bumps just forward of the engine air intakes form part of the diverterless supersonic inlet (DSI) which is a simpler, lighter and stealthier means to ensure high-quality airflow to the engine over a wide range of conditions.^ It will include a 25 mm cannon, a bevy of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and a wide range of bomb capacity.
  • F 35 Joint Strike Fighter is the King of the Skies: Goodbye F-22 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC gadgetcrave.com [Source type: General]

^ A review of the military implications of STOVL and the accomplishments of the pioneering Harrier in service, and a look forward to today’s stealthy, supersonic, STOVL F-35B and what it will mean not only to the U.S. Marine Corps but to the armed forces of several nations.
  • The Year In Defense | Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.theyearindefense.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This seems like a small number, but the Air Force successfully employed a force of just 52 F-117s and only 21 B-2s when their unique capabilities were required.
  • The Magazine of Future Warfare 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.g2mil.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[38]
.In spite of being smaller than the F-22, the F-35 has a larger radar cross section.^ The F-35 was never sold as being a superior A-A aircraft than the F-22.
  • F-22 vs F-35: no contest - The DEW Line 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.flightglobal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "They" are right: it is stealthy, it's radar cross-section is at least as small if not smaller than the F22 or F117.
  • What's the deal with this new fighter jet the F-35 Lightning? - Yahoo! Answers 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC answers.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ I dont think F-22 radar is better in technological therm (F-35 radar probable use newer modules) but F-22 provide more power and have larger nose and those two gave range advantage.
  • Cockpit of the F-35 more advanced then F-22's cockpit ? - Iran Defense Forum 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.irandefence.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It is said to be roughly equal to a metal golf ball rather than the F-22's metal marble.^ Marbles vs. Golf Balls .
  • Marbles vs. Golf Balls 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ According to these reports, the F-35 is said to have an RCS equal to a metal golf ball, about 0.0015m2, which is about 5 to 10 times greater than the minimal frontal RCS of F/A-22.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ The F135 is louder than the F100 and F110 on the F-15 and F-16, and equally as loud as the F-119 and F414 engines of the F-22 and F/A-18 Super Hornet.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

[39]

Cockpit

.The F-35 features a full-panel-width "panoramic cockpit display" (PCD) glass cockpit, with dimensions of 20 by 8 inches (50 by 20 centimeters).^ Cockpit The F-35 features a full-panel-width "panoramic cockpit display (PCD)", with dimensions of 20 by 8 inches (50 by 20 centimeters).
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The pilot has a full-panel-width panoramic cockpit display.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The pilot receives inputs from the F-35's electronic systems using an advanced cockpit layout, featuring a full-panel-width "panoramic cockpit display (PCD)", with dimensions of 20 by 50 centimeters (8 by 20 inches), plus a secondary flight display array.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[40] .A cockpit speech-recognition system (Direct Voice Input) is planned to improve the pilot's ability to operate the aircraft over the current-generation interface.^ In the cockpit, the pilot uses a speech-recognition program to control various functions of the aircraft.
  • CR4 - Blog Entry: F-35 Lightning II: Next Generation Fighter (Part 1) 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC cr4.globalspec.com [Source type: General]

^ A cockpit speech-recognition system (Direct Voice Input) is planned to improve the pilot's ability to operate the aircraft over the current-generation.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Template:Fact Will feature a voice-recognition system, improving the pilot's ability to operate the aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.The F-35 will be the first US operational fixed-wing aircraft to use this system, although similar systems have been used in AV-8B and trialled in previous US jets, particularly the F-16 VISTA.^ More so than previous aircraft, the F-35 is intended to be part of a system.
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]

^ The F-35 will succeed the F-16 jet fighter.
  • Luke AFB on short list for F-35 training - Phoenix Business Journal: 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC phoenix.bizjournals.com [Source type: News]

^ They can't use the F-35 as a CAS aircraft.
  • F-35 Battle scenario [Archive] - Military Photos 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[41] .In development the system has been integrated by Adacel Systems Inc with the speech recognition module supplied by SRI International.^ The DynaSpeak speech recognition software used was developed by SRI International.
  • DailyTech - Production F-35 Lightning II to Feature Voice Recognition 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ It gives hope that the alphabet soup of barely effective, stovepiped combat service support systems may finally be retired, and an integrated supply and maintenance system may finally be fielded.
  • June 2009 Editorial: Something for Everybody - Marine Corps Gazette Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.mca-marines.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Vision Systems International, LLC (VSI) is developing the most advanced and capable Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) for the F-35.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

[42] .The pilot flies the aircraft by means of a right-hand side stick and left-hand throttle.^ Pilots who didn't know the airplane's quirks were in real danger, as opposed to the "fly-by-wire" approach of modern aircraft that keeps pilots out of trouble.
  • F 35 Joint Strike Fighter is the New Joint Strike Fighter Stealth Plane - F-35B Lightning II Test Flight Videos - Popular Mechanics 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.popularmechanics.com [Source type: News]
  • F 35 Joint Strike Fighter is the New Joint Strike Fighter Stealth Plane - F-35B Lightning II Test Flight Videos - Popular Mechanics 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC popularmechanics.smartmoney.com [Source type: News]
  • F 35 Joint Strike Fighter is the New Joint Strike Fighter Stealth Plane - F-35B Lightning II Test Flight Videos - Popular Mechanics 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.popularmechanics.com [Source type: News]

^ Like the F-18, its pilots will perform field carrier landing practice at Miramar, requiring a left-hand turn over the base after departing west from the main runway.
  • Fighter jet enters airport relocation fray | The San Diego Union-Tribune 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.signonsandiego.com [Source type: News]

^ Test pilot Beesley has said the aircraft has "remarkable flying qualities".
  • F-35 Turns on the Burner | The Weekly Standard 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.weeklystandard.com [Source type: General]

.A helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) will be fitted to all models of the F-35. A helmet-mounted cueing system is already in service with the F-15s, F-16s and F/A-18s.^ And, DAS data can be displayed on the pilots helmet-mounted display system.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The DAS system provides integrated helmet-mounted cueing (top).
  • F-35 jet fighters to take integrated avionics to a whole new level - Military & Aerospace Electronics 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC mae.pennnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A helmet mounted display system (HMDS) will be fitted to all models of the F-35.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[43] While some fighters have offered HMDS along with a head up display (HUD), this will be the first time in several decades that a front-line tactical jet fighter has been designed to not carry a HUD.[44]
.The Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat is used in all F-35 variants.^ The X-35 prototypes are fitted with a Martin-Baker Mk.16E ejection seat.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The single-seat F-35, built by Lockheed Martin, will be used by several U.S. military services in a variety of missions, including air-to-air combat and ground attacks.
  • Alaska lawmakers pitch Eielson as F-35 base: Military | adn.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.adn.com [Source type: News]

^ The cockpit will also support Direct Voice Input through a speech recognition system and be fitted with a Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat (becoming common across all three F-35 production variants).
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[45] .The US16E seat design balances major performance requirements, including safe-terrain-clearance limits, pilot-load limits, and pilot size.^ These requirements influenced every design trade, aircraft configuration decision, and component selection, as well as the strategy for performance-based logistics.
  • Lockheed says leaked F-35 study "not definitive" - The DEW Line 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.flightglobal.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Like the F-18, its pilots will perform field carrier landing practice at Miramar, requiring a left-hand turn over the base after departing west from the main runway.
  • Fighter jet enters airport relocation fray | The San Diego Union-Tribune 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.signonsandiego.com [Source type: News]

^ As the load carrying capability of the two-seat Ka-1 was too limited, the carrier borne conversions were operated as single seat machines carrying two 132lb (60kg) depth charges.
  • Leveraging F-35 STOVL capabilities for maximum effects 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.geocities.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

It uses a twin-catapult system that is housed in side rails.[46]

Sensors and avionics

Electro-optical target system (EOTS) under the nose of a mockup of the F-35.
.The F-35 includes an advanced, powerful sensor suite.^ Other important advances include integrating avionics and sensor data from on board and off board sensors to maximize the pilot’s situational awareness and improve weapon delivery.
  • The One Trillion Dollar Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Each autonomous, battery-powered AGV is capable of toting a load of up to 35,000 pounds, and is equipped with obstacle-detection sensors to prevent collisions.
  • F-35 Production Facilities Near Completion at Lockheed Martin 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www2.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, is a multi-role fighter which combines stealth supersonic performance and advanced sensor fusion.
  • Lockheed Martin Selects Linux Powered SGI Altix 4700 Server For F-35 Lightning II | Linux 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC linux.sys-con.com [Source type: General]

[47] .The main sensor on board the F-35 is its AN/APG-81 AESA-radar, designed by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.^ Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems is developing the advanced electronically scanned array (AESA) AN/APG-81 multi-function radar.
  • F-35 Lightning II - Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - Air Force Technology 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.airforce-technology.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems' specially equipped BAC 1-11.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The main sensor on board the F-35 is its AN/APG-81 AESA -radar, designed by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[48] .It is augmented by the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) mounted under the nose of the aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin.^ It is augmented by the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) mounted under the nose of the aircraft, designed by Lockheed Martin and BAE. [15] Further electro-optical sensors are distributed over the aircraft as part of the AN/AAS-37 system which acts as missile warning system and can aid in navigation and night operations.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-35s electro-optical targeting system, or EOTS, is built by Lockheed Martin.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The electro-optical targeting system will be supplied by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.military.cz [Source type: Reference]

[49] .This gives the same capabilities as the Lockheed Martin Sniper XR without compromising the aircraft's stealth.^ F35 Lightning II - joint Strike Fighter Conversion of Footmunch's OFP addon By Southy The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air superiority fighter missions.

^ Lockheed Martin touts the fighter as the first one to combine stealth, short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed.

^ The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multirole aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air superiority fighter missions.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[50][51] .A version of the EOTS will also be used by the General Atomics Avenger.^ The EOTS uses a staring midwave 3rd generation FLIR that provides superior target detection and identification at greatly increased standoff ranges.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ General Atomics Avenger (Predator C) .
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Four Military / Civilian Aircraft 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: Academic]

^ General Atomics Predator C (Avenger) .
  • Site Map Page 2 - Generated by www.xml-sitemaps.com 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.defense-update.com [Source type: News]

.Six additional passive infrared sensors are distributed over the aircraft as part of Northrop Grumman's AN/AAQ-37 distributed aperture system (DAS),[52] which acts as a missile warning system, reports missile launch locations, detects and tracks approaching aircraft spherically around the F-35, and replaces traditional night vision goggles for night operations and navigation.^ More so than previous aircraft, the F-35 is intended to be part of a system.
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]

^ The IRST system is known as the "distributed aperture infrared system (DAIRS or DAS)".
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The electro-optical distributed aperture system (DAS), and .
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

.All DAS functions are performed simultaneously, in every direction, at all times.^ Systems The F-35 features an Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) that will simultaneously inform the pilot of the battlefield situation from every angle of his aircraft.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "As much as I’d like to tell you that the lab environment tells us all the problems, you really learn a lot every time you put it on an airplane.
  • Avionics Magazine :: Reducing Risk on Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The communications radios in the CNI are multichannel and multiband, so they can be configured to perform multiple functions simultaneously.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

.The F-35's AN/ASQ-239 (Barracuda) Electronic Warfare systems are designed by BAE and include Northrop Grumman components.^ BAE Systems are involved in the manufacturing of the F-35.

^ The electronic warfare suite, developed by BAE Systems, .
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems' specially equipped BAC 1-11.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

[53] .The communications, navigation and identification (CNI) suite is designed by Northrop Grumman and includes the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL).^ The CNI suite will include TACAN navigation and interface with a GPS receiver.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Other avionics include a Northrop Grumman "communication, navigation, and identification (CNI)" system and a countermeasures suite provided by Sanders.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Contributing to the F-35's targeting capabilities is another Northrop Grumman package: the communication, navigation and identification suite.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

.The F-35 will be the first jet fighter that has sensor fusion that combines both radio frequency and IR tracking for continuous target detection and identification in all directions which is shared via MADL to other platforms without compromising their low observability.^ The F-35 fighter jet.
  • IAF negotiates purchase of 100 F-35 fighter jets in $5 billion deal - Haaretz - Israel News 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

^ Key to the F-35's targeting capability is sensor integration and data fusion.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully-fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, and lower operational and support costs.
  • Lockheed Martin Adds F-35 Program Managers to Ensure Smooth Introduction Into Each Service - news from Boston.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC finance.boston.com [Source type: News]

[54]
.Unlike older generations of aircraft, such as the F-22, all software for the F-35 is written in C++ for faster code development.^ I do think of the two (F-22 and F-35) the F-22 is a better aircraft all-round.
  • Marbles vs. Golf Balls 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 will be the first U.S. aircraft with such a system.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ All aircraft would be equipped with either the F-135 engines built by Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, or the F-136 engine being developed by General Electric Co and Britain's Rolls-Royce Plc.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

.The Integrity DO-178B real-time operating system (RTOS) from Green Hills Software runs on COTS Freescale PowerPC processors.^ A complete air system build package is a single, deliverable software product (end item) to the fleet, for installation and operation.
  • STSC CrossTalk - Performance-Based Software Sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II - Dec�2007 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.stsc.hill.af.mil [Source type: Reference]

^ The tester uses NI’s ANSI C compiler to simulate an aircraft system and run a subsystem under typical operational sequences and failure scenarios, while monitoring subsystem components.
  • Avionics Magazine :: Joint Strike Fighter: Faster, Cheaper, Simpler Support 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The engine runs were the first time that the F-35 was completely functional on its own power systems.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[55]

Engines

.The F-35's main engine is the Pratt & Whitney F135.^ The aircraft will be powered by the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine.
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan.
  • Build Your Own F-35 Lightning II Fighter Jet - F-35 - Gizmodo 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC gizmodo.com [Source type: General]

^ Pratt & Whitney completes F135 engine test .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

.The General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 is being developed as an alternate engine.^ General Electric and Rolls Royce are providing the engine for the Joint Strike Fighter.
  • Luke losing Joint Strike Fighter training to Florida - Phoenix Business Journal: 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC phoenix.bizjournals.com [Source type: News]

^ The F-136 engine made by General Electric and Rolls Royce was chosen as the back-up engine.

^ A second powerplant - the upgraded F136 - is also being developed but this under a joint General Electric and Rolls-Royce branding.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[56] .The STOVL versions of both power plants use the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, patented by Lockheed Martin and built by Rolls-Royce.^ Lockheed Martin readies F-35B STOVL JSF for roll out .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ Lift Fan, patented by Lockheed Martin and developed by Rolls-Royce.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The single-seat F-35, built by Lockheed Martin, will be used by several U.S. military services in a variety of missions, including air-to-air combat and ground attacks.
  • Alaska lawmakers pitch Eielson as F-35 base: Military | adn.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.adn.com [Source type: News]

.This system is more like the Russian Yak-141 and German VJ 101D/E[57] than the preceding generation of STOVL designs, such as the Harrier Jump Jet in which all of the lifting air went through the main fan of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine.^ This system is more similar to the Russian Yak-141 and German VJ 101D/E [49] than previous STOVL designs, such as the Harrier with thrust vectoring .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ F-35 engine developed by General Electric and Rolls Royce.
  • Murtha stands firm on including funds for F-35 alternative engine - TheHill.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC thehill.com [Source type: News]

^ Fitted with Rolls Royce designed rotating nozzle for STOVL operations.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Lift System is composed of a lift fan, drive shaft, two roll posts and a "Three Bearing Swivel Module" (3BSM).^ The engine powers the lift fan via a drive shaft from the front of the engine.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The LiftSystem is composed of a lift fan, driveshaft, clutch, 2 roll posts and a "3 Bearing Swivel Module" (3BSM).
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The common propulsion system components include the lift fan system, roll posts, 3 bearing swivel duct, conventional exhaust duct, and exhaust nozzles.
  • R-TOC 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC ve.ida.org [Source type: Academic]

[58] .The 3BSM is a thrust vectoring nozzle which allows the main engine exhaust to be deflected downward at the tail of the aircraft.^ The 3BSM is a thrust vectoring nozzle which allows the main engine exhaust to be deflected downward at the tail of the aircraft.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The main engine has a three bearing swivelling exhaust nozzle.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.military.cz [Source type: Reference]

^ In response, Lockheed Martin added engine thrust and shed more than a ton by thinning the aircraft's skin; shrinking the weapons bay and vertical tails; rerouting some thrust from the roll-post outlets to the main nozzle; and redesigning the wing-mate joint, portions of the electrical system, and the portion of the aircraft immediately behind the cockpit .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.The lift fan near the front of the aircraft provides a counter-balancing thrust.^ The lift fan near the front of the aircraft provides a counter-balancing thrust.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ During short takeoff and vertical landings a large proportion of the downward thrust is provided with cool air from the lift fan mounted in the forward fuselage and driven by a drive shaft connected to the main engine.
  • JSF - Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.military.cz [Source type: Reference]

^ In a test, the lift fan system developed 41,100 lbs of vertical thrust (against a design target value of 40,550 lbs).

.Somewhat like a vertically mounted turbofan within the forward fuselage, the lift fan is powered by the engine's low-pressure (LP) turbine via a drive shaft and gearbox.^ Somewhat like a vertically mounted turboprop within the forward fuselage, the lift fan is powered by the engine's low-pressure (LP) turbine via a driveshaft and gearbox.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Somewhat like a turboprop built within the fuselage, engine shaft power is diverted forward via a clutch -and- bevel gearbox to a vertically mounted, contra-rotating lift fan located forward of the main engine in the center of the aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The lift fan, which is powered by the aircraft engine via a clutched driveshaft, was technically challenging but ...
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Roll control during slow flight is achieved by diverting pressurized air from the LP turbine through wing mounted thrust nozzles called Roll Posts.^ Roll control during slow flight is achieved by diverting pressurized air from the LP turbine through wing mounted thrust nozzles called Roll Posts.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The nozzle and roll posts are also from Rolls-Royce.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Somewhat like a vertically mounted turboprop within the forward fuselage, the lift fan is powered by the engine's low-pressure (LP) turbine via a driveshaft and gearbox.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[59]
.The F-35B lift fan achieves the same 'flow multiplier' effect as the Harrier's huge, but supersonically impractical, main fan.^ In effect, the F-35B power plant acts as a flow multiplier, much as a turbofan achieves efficiencies by moving unburned air at a lower velocity, and getting the same effect as the Harrier's huge, but supersonically impractical, main fan.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Shaft Driven Lift Fan technology will provide better hover performance than the Harrier (US Marine Corps).
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Analysis 2002 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F35 was designed with the second lift fan powered off the same engine and that keeps the exhaust away from the intake.
  • F35 Lightning II - Video 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.metacafe.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Like lift engines, this added machinery is just dead weight during horizontal flight but provides a net increase in payload capacity during vertical flight.^ Like lift engines, this added machinery is just deadweight during horizontal flight but provides a net increase in payload capacity during vertical flight.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Like lift engines, this added machinery is dead weight during flight, but increased lifting power increases takeoff payload by even more.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Somewhat like a vertically mounted turboprop within the forward fuselage, the lift fan is powered by the engine's low-pressure (LP) turbine via a driveshaft and gearbox.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The cool exhaust of the fan also reduces the amount of hot, high-velocity air that is projected downward during vertical take off (which can damage runways and aircraft carrier decks).^ The cool fan exhaust also reduces the harmful effects of hot, high-velocity air which can harm runway pavement or an aircraft carrier deck.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ His aircraft was then turned around and he was able to take off again .
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wanted: Way to cool off carrier decks .

.Though complicated and risky, the lift system has been made to work to the satisfaction of DOD officials.^ Though potentially risky and complicated, it was made to work to the satisfaction of DOD officials.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.To date, F-136 funding has come at the expense of other parts of the program, reducing the number of aircraft built and increasing their costs.^ That is the cost of the entire program divided by the number of aircraft built, not the price of the aircraft itself.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ The numbers had been reduced due to cost overruns.
  • Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon | TomDispatch 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.tomdispatch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This and other changes to increase fuel capacity and reduce drag pushed the F-35C's radius of action close to 1,300km (700nm) - "100nm more than the requirement" ...
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]
  • Research Participation in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Program 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.tomw.net.au [Source type: Academic]

[60] .The F-136 team has claimed that their engine has a greater temperature margin which may prove critical for VTOL operations in hot, high altitude conditions.^ During STOVL operations of these aircraft, engine exhaust is angled or positioned downward, directing the hot exhaust onto the horizontal deck surface, thereby subjecting that surface to higher than normal temperatures.

^ A fighter inlet must provide an engine with high-quality airflow over a wide range of speeds, altitudes, and maneuvering conditions while accommodating the full range of engine airflow from idle to maximum military or afterburning power.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ A threat with a large infrared search and track set may however get a firing opportunity in a high altitude clear sky engagement.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Analysis 2002 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[61]
The F135/F136 engines are not designed to supercruise[62] in the F-35.

Armament

Weapons bay on a mock-up of the F-35.
.The F-35 includes a GAU-22/A four-barrel 25mm cannon.^ The system will be armed with the standard internal 25mm GAU-22/A cannon.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The 25mm GAU-22A Gatling cannon will be fitted into an external pod that will itself feature "stealth" capabilities to maintain the aircraft's low-profile signature.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That said, the F-​​35 does carry a gatling of its own — the 25mm GAU-​​22A. Not quite so honking collosal as the 30mm GAU-​​8 Avenger, but still more than lethal for anything you’d use a cannon rather than dropped ordnance on.
  • F-​​35B “Warthog” | Defense Tech 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC defensetech.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[63] .The cannon will be mounted internally with 180 rounds in the F-35A and fitted as an external pod with 220 rounds in the F-35B and F-35C.[64][65] The gun pod for the B and C variants will have stealth features.^ The F-35B and F-35C will both feature this same cannon but in an externally-mounted pod and with 220 rounds for the gun.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Like the F-35B, the F-35C will also mount its 25mm GAU-22A series cannon in an external pod fitting.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ GAU-12/U 25 mm cannon — slated to be mounted internally with 180 rounds in the F-35A and fitted as an external pod with 220 rounds in the F-35B and F-35C. [52] Template:Fact Internally (current planned weapons for integration), up to four AIM-120 AMRAAM , AIM-9X Sidewinder or AIM-132 ASRAAM internally or two air-to-air and two air-to-ground weapons (up to two 2,000 lb weapons in A and C models; two 1000 lb weapons in the B model) in the bomb bays.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.This pod could be used for different equipment in the future, such as EW, reconnaissance equipment, or possibly a rearward facing radar.^ Various types of reconnaissance pods, with the user air forces now considering different solutions.
  • The EuroFighter Typhoon 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It doesn’t need radar-stealth, but it could always use some improved defense against IR threats.
  • Marbles vs. Golf Balls 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Lockheed Martin has picked an architecture that can help span multiple applications, such as radar, EW, and fire control.
  • F-35 jet fighters to take integrated avionics to a whole new level - Military & Aerospace Electronics 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC mae.pennnet.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[37]
.Internally (current planned weapons for integration), up to two air-to-air missiles and two air-to-air or air-to-ground weapons (up to two 2,000 lb bombs in A and C models (BRU-68); two 1,000 lb bombs in the B model (BRU-67)[66]) can be carried in the bomb bays.^ It can carry two air-to-air missiles and two air-to-ground weapons internally or four air-to-air missiles internally.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And, of course, weapons can be carried internally.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ Two internal weapons bays are each capable of carrying (1) 2000lb class weapon and (1) AMRAAM per bay.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

[67] .These could be AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) – up to 2,000 lb (910 kg), the Joint Stand off Weapon (JSOW), Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) – a maximum of four in each bay (Three per bay in F-35B[68]), the Brimstone anti-armor missiles, and Cluster Munitions (WCMD).^ AIM-120 AMRAAMs and two bombs or other missiles.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 has two weapons bays, each of which can accommodate a single "Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)" GPS-guided bomb and an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM).
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These could be AMRAAM, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) — up to 2,000 lb (910 kg), the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Small Diameter Bombs (SDB) — a maximum of four in each bay, the Brimstone anti-armor missiles, Cluster Munitions (WCMD) and High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[67] .The MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile is currently being adapted to fit internally in the missile spots and may be integrated into the F-35. The UK had originally planned to put up to four AIM-132 ASRAAM internally but this has been changed to carry 2 internal and 2 external ASRAAMs.^ The aim of the war was not merely an air war or a missile war.
  • War Is Boring: Will Russian-Indian PAK-FA Fighter Challenge F-35? 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.warisboring.com [Source type: General]

^ For air combat, the F-35 carries two radar-guided AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles or heat-seeking AIM-132 ASRAAMs internally, and the heat-seeking AIM-9X externally.
  • F-35 Battle scenario [Archive] - Military Photos 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It can carry two air-to-air missiles and two air-to-ground weapons internally or four air-to-air missiles internally.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[69] .It has also been stated by a Lockheed executive that the internal bay will eventually be modified to accept up to 6 AMRAAMs.^ Two internal weapons bays are each capable of carrying (1) 2000lb class weapon and (1) AMRAAM per bay.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.globalsecurity.org [Source type: Reference]

^ While the F-35 program has seen significant delays, a senior Lockheed executive running the program -- Dan Crowley -- has stated that the program will meet schedule starting in 2011.
  • DailyTech - U.S. Offers Custom F-35 Lightning II to Israel 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[70]
.At the expense of being more detectable by radar, many more missiles, bombs and fuel tanks can be attached on four wing pylons and two near wingtip positions.^ At the expense of being more detectable by radar, many more missiles, bombs and fuel tanks can be attached on four wing pylons and two wingtip positions.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Plus four external smart bombs and two missiles.
  • F-35 Tries To Keep Its Secrets 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If manage to get two for the price of one, its still a false ecomomy because we would need many more ships to accompany it.
  • Murdoc Online » Comparing carriers 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The two wingtip locations can only carry AIM-9X Sidewinder.^ However, six optional external pylons will be made available (two of these reserved for AIM-9X Sidewinder support).
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The two wingtip pylons can only carry AIM-9 Sidewinders , while the Storm Shadow and Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) cruise missiles can be carried in addition to the stores already integrated.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Its very true - there still will be two hulls laid down, but only one as an "aircraft" carrier.
  • DailyTech - Report: F-35 Orders Could Be Slashed in Half 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

.The other pylons can carry the AIM-120 AMRAAM, Storm Shadow, AGM-158 Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) cruise missiles, guided bombs, 480-gallon and 600-gallon fuel tanks.^ On the external stations, the following missiles, bombs and tanks can be carried: .
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air 5418 Cruise missiles for the RAAF .

^ The two wingtip pylons can only carry AIM-9 Sidewinders , while the Storm Shadow and Joint Air to Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) cruise missiles can be carried in addition to the stores already integrated.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[71] .An air-to-air load of eight AIM-120s and two AIM-9s is conceivable using internal and external weapons stations, as well as a configuration of six 2,000 lb bombs, two AIM-120s and two AIM-9s.^ The F-35A has four internal weapon stations.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An air-to-air load of eight AIM-120s and two AIM-9s is conceivable using internal and external weapons stations, as well as a configuration of six two thousand pound bombs, two AIM-120s and two AIM-9s.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An air-to-air load of 12 AIM-120s and two AIM-9s is conceivable using internal and external weapons stations, as well as a configuration of six two thousand pound bombs, two AIM-120s and two AIM-9s.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[67][72] .With its payload capability, the F-35 can carry more weapons payload than legacy fighters it is to replace as well as the F-22 Raptor.^ Post subject: When Is 22 More Than 35?

^ F-35 is NOT an alternative or a replacement for the F-22.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 is new and more capable than any airframe that preceded it.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

[73] Solid-state lasers were being developed as optional weapons for the F-35 as of 2002.[74][75][76]

Helmet-Mounted Display System

.Rather than manoeuvring with thrust vectoring, or canards to line up the target directly ahead of the aircraft, like 4.5 Generation jet fighters, the F-35 does not need to point at the target to hit it.^ On top of this, if it ever goes up against an aircraft that has thrust vectoring, it will not have a chance.
  • F-35 finishes all taxi testing, prepares for first flight. 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f22fighter.com [Source type: General]

^ Some potential customers have bypassed the $65 million+ cost of the F-35 Lightning II in favor of advanced 4.5th Generation fighters like the French Dassault Rafale, the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen and the European consortium Eurofighter Typhoon - each capable aircraft in their own right.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This system is more similar to the Russian Yak-141 and German VJ 101D/E [49] than previous STOVL designs, such as the Harrier with thrust vectoring .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.It uses combined radio frequency and infra red (SAIRST) situational awareness to continually track all nearby aircraft, the pilot's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS) for displaying and selecting targets, and High Off-Boresight (HOBS) weapons.^ A Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) has found its way into the F-35.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ VSI helmet-mounted display….

^ The system enables the pilot to accurately cue onboard weapons and sensors by looking at enemy aircraft and ground targets with the helmet display.
  • http://vsi-hmcs.com/pressframe.htm 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC vsi-hmcs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The helmet system replaces the dashboard-mounted head-up display used in previous generation fighters.^ And, DAS data can be displayed on the pilots helmet-mounted display system.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35s helmet (t) features a display system (b) that eliminates the conventional head-up display.
  • SIGNAL - AFCEA's International Journal 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.afcea.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ VSI helmet-mounted display….

Because of this, Northrop Grumman claims that "maneuvering is irrelevant".[67][77]
.The F-35's systems provide the edge in the OODA loop; Stealth and advanced sensors aid in observation, automated target tracking helps in orientation, sensor fusion simplifies decision making, and the aircraft's controls allow action against targets without having to look away from them.^ Key to the F-35's targeting capability is sensor integration and data fusion.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The SU-35 has more advanced infrared tracking systems to counter the stealth capabilities of the F-35.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ Other examples of commonality include Prognostics and Health Management systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394 aircraft bus design [2], and a cockpit incorporating advanced on-board and off-board sensor fusion.
  • STSC CrossTalk - Performance-Based Software Sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II - Dec�2007 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.stsc.hill.af.mil [Source type: Reference]

[78]

Concerns over performance

.Concerns about the F-35's performance have resulted partially from reports of RAND simulations where numerous Russian Sukhoi fighters defeat a handful of F-35s by denying tanker refuelling.^ To reiterate: RAND’s core conclusion is not about specific fighter performance.

^ The report says that the “employment of high-performance fighters, originally designed for Main Combat Operations in an integrated air defense environment (typically the F-35), is an expensive method of providing a constant level of support”.
  • Reasons that will influence Joint Strike Fighter future procurement decisions- cause lower F-35 | CEOWORLD Magazine 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC ceoworld.biz [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It's also a market set to be dominated by just a couple of key players: Lockheed Martin and its next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the Russian Sukhoi Su-27/30, a lower-cost fighter.
  • Strikes - MarketWatch.com Topics 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.marketwatch.com [Source type: News]

[79] .As a result of these issues, then Australian defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon requested a formal briefing from the Australian Department of Defence on the computer simulation.^ The current roster (click to view full) On Sept 11/08, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon had asked for a full report from Australia’s DoD, in response to public reports that a classified computer simulation of an attack by Russian-built SU-30 family aircraft on a mixed fleet of F-35As, Super Hornets and F-22s, had resulted in success for the Russian aircraft.

^ Last month Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said the government was going to convert 12 of the 24 Super Hornets to EA-18 Gs.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Minister for Defence Procurement Lord Drayson issued a stark warning that unless Britain's technology access needs are met, it will quit the JSF program.
  • Navy Matters | Future Joint Combat Aircraft - Part 2 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC frn.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This briefing stated that the reports of the simulation were inaccurate and that it did not compare the F-35's performance against that of other aircraft.^ Were the F-35 program to avoid further cost growth and procurement and performance compromises, it would be the first US combat aircraft to do so in modern history.
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Wilson compares the F-35 to a similar program from the 1960’s where an attempt was made to develop one aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.
  • If Not The F-35 Then What? | BNET Government Blog | BNET 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC industry.bnet.com [Source type: News]

^ As a multi-role aircraft, observers can expect the F-35 to be a “jack of all trades but a master of none,” a performance characteristic typical of multi-role aircraft.
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Fact Sheet on the JSF F-35 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.cdi.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[80]
.RAND has applied the same tanker-denial scenario against the F-22 Raptor and seems to favor a new medium-bomber design.^ Design The F-35 appears to be a smaller, slightly more conventional, one-engine sibling of the sleeker, two-engine F-22 Raptor, and indeed drew elements from it.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The stillborn NATF represented a failed attempt to create an "F-14-like" design from technology developed for the F-22 Raptor.
  • Navalising the F-22 Raptor 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 electronics system designers hope to leverage off work done for the F-22 Raptor.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[81]
.The criticism of the F-35 has been dismissed by the Pentagon and manufacturer.^ Pentagon, Lockheed rebut F-35 criticism .
  • UTVi News: Pentagon, Lockheed rebut F-35 criticism 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.utvi.com [Source type: News]

^ Christopher S. Bond , R-Mo., who has often criticized the F-35 program and has called it the “Joint Strike Failure,” said his attempts to get internal Pentagon data on the program have often been rebuffed.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ UTVi News: Pentagon, Lockheed rebut F-35 criticism .
  • UTVi News: Pentagon, Lockheed rebut F-35 criticism 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.utvi.com [Source type: News]

[79][82] .The USAF has conducted an analysis of the F-35's air-to-air performance against all 4th generation fighter aircraft currently available, and has found the F-35 to be at least four times more effective.^ Uncle Sam Says: June 23rd, 2009 at 1:34 pm The USAF has conducted an analysis of the F-35’s air-to-air performance against all 4th generation fighter aircraft currently available, and has found the F-35 to be at least four times more effective.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Citing U.S. Air Force analyses, he said the F-35 is at least 400 percent more effective in air-to-air combat capability than the best fighters currently available in the international market, including Sukhois.
  • UTVi News: Pentagon, Lockheed rebut F-35 criticism 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.utvi.com [Source type: News]

^ They can and will do the same thing to all variants of the F/A-18 Hornet (including the E model you speak of due to the fighter being old and limited compared to the F-35).
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Takes On Thunderbirds Colors | Popular Science 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.popsci.com [Source type: General]

.Major General Charles R. Davis, USAF, the F-35 program executive officer, has stated that the "F-35 enjoys a significant Combat Loss Exchange Ratio advantage over the current and future air-to-air threats, to include Sukhois".[82] The Russian, Indian, Chinese, and other air forces operate Sukhoi Su-27/30 fighters.^ Air Force to study Jacksonville for F-35 fighter base .
  • Air Force to study Jacksonville for F-35 fighter base | Jacksonville.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC jacksonville.com [Source type: General]

^ Italian Air Force and Italian Navy requirement for future tactical fighters; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In all F-35 Program Office and U.S. Air Force air-to-air combat effectiveness analysis to date, the F-35 enjoys a significant Combat Loss Exchange Ratio advantage over the current and future air-to-air threats, to include Sukhois….

Manufacturing responsibilities

.Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and performs aircraft final assembly, overall system integration, mission system, and provides forward fuselage, wings and flight controls system.^ Weapon integration, for example, involves both flight sciences and mission systems aircraft.
  • F-35 Flight Test Perspectives - Third Quarter 2008 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft control laws then begin using the STOVL propulsion system to provide aircraft flight control.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the F-35, having won the bid in October 2001.
  • Skinning the F-35 fighter: COMPOSITESWORLD.COM 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.compositesworld.com [Source type: Reference]

.Northrop Grumman provides Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Infra red Distributed Aperture System (DAS), Communications, Navigation, Identification (CNI), center fuselage, weapons bay, and arrestor gear.^ Systems integration (radar, communications, and weapons) is the norm.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Northrop Grumman is building the center fuselage at its plant in Palmdale, Calif.

^ The electronically scanned array radar, .
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

.BAE Systems provides aft fuselage and empennages, horizontal and vertical tails, crew life support and escape systems, Electronic warfare systems, fuel system, and Flight Control Software (FCS1).^ The electronic warfare suite, developed by BAE Systems, .
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ BAE Systems provides Aft fuselage and empennages, horizontal and vertical tails, crew life support and escape systems, Electronic warfare systems, fuel system, and Flight Control Software (FCS1).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ BAE Systems F-35 Lightning II Crew Escape IPT leader John Thornton said: “We had some significant technical challenges to overcome in the design of the escape system, including providing enhanced neck-load protection during ejection.
  • F-35 Lightning II (2) testing and production thread, page 3 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.abovetopsecret.com [Source type: General]

.Alenia will perform final assembly for Italy and, according to an Alenia executive, assembly of all European aircraft with the exception of Turkey and the United Kingdom.^ The aircraft is being built with cooperation from a core group of countries that includes Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway.
  • DailyTech - U.S. Offers Custom F-35 Lightning II to Israel 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ The JSF is an affordable, multi-service aircraft that will enter service in the next century with the U.S. Air Force, Maine Corps, Navy and the United Kingdom Royal Navy.
  • Gridgen Application - Joint Strike Fighter 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.pointwise.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[83]
.In July 2009, a lawsuit by a former F-35 software worker against Lockheed Martin concerning the safety and quality of its software was unsealed.^ Workers are expendable, Lockheed Martins profits are not.
  • Joint Strike Fighter On The Defensive | Defense Tech 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC defensetech.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Philip July 24, 2009 6:02 AM "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and F-35 program general manager......
  • F-35 Lightning II (2) testing and production thread, page 3 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.abovetopsecret.com [Source type: General]

The lawsuit states that the software for the jet may be unsafe because standards are not being followed.[84]
.On 24 November 2009, Jon Schreiber said that the United States will not share the software code for the F-35 with its allies.^ The truth be said the United States simply can’t afford the costly F-​​35.
  • Joint Strike Fighter On The Defensive | Defense Tech 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC defensetech.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Outside of the United States, eight countries are involved in the F-35's development: United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia.
  • Avionics Magazine :: F-35 Integrated Sensor Suite: Lethal Combination 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviationtoday.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The United States government on Tuesday said it approved the sale to Israel of 25 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and an option for 50 more in coming years - a deal valued at up to 15.2 billion Euros.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

[85]

Next Generation Jammer

.The USMC is considering replacing their EA-6B Prowler Electronic Attack aircraft with F-35s that have stealthy jammer pods attached.^ EA-6B Prowler .
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan WarWalkthrough - IGNFAQs 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ EA-6B Prowler Flight Ops .

^ Testing of the F-35s active electronically scanned array radar, helmet-mounted displays, avionics associated with navigation and identification, and multifunction displays will also be done with the mission systems aircraft.
  • F-35 Flight Test Perspectives - Third Quarter 2008 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[86]
.On 30 September 2008, the United States Navy outlined the basic requirements of the NGJ and stated that the design must be modular and open.^ F-16.net September 30, 2008 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ The Navy requirement remained open and evolved into a new effort designated "Attack / Fighter - Experimental (A/F-X)".
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The result of the FX study was a requirement for a fighter design combining unparalleled maneuverability with state-of-the-art avionics and weaponry.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[87] .The Navy has selected four companies to submit designs for the Next Generation Jammer.^ Durable molded resin model of the next-generation fighter selected for production by Lockheed-Martin.
  • X-32 / X-35 / F-35 JSF Joint Strike Fighter, Military Jet Fighter Airplane Models. 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.yellowairplane.com [Source type: General]

^ The USAF was also considering a next-generation strike aircraft and a replacement for the F-16, with the designation of "Multi-Role Fighter (MRF)".
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On 16 November 1996, the US military authorities selected two companies - Boeing and Lockheed Martin - for the technology demonstration and design phase.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[88]

Operational history

Testing

.The first F-35A (designated AA-1) was rolled out in Fort Worth, Texas on 19 February 2006. The aircraft underwent extensive ground testing at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in late 2006. In September 2006 the first engine run of the F135 afterburner turbofan in an airframe and tests were completed; the first time that the F-35 was completely functional on its own power systems.^ It will fly from Fort Worth to Edwards Air Force Base in California for preliminary testing.

^ The aircraft was flown from the Lockheed plant based at Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Texas.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

^ When an F-35A flew from Fort Worth, Texas, to Edwards Air Force Base, California on October 1, 2008, that was the aircraft’s first long distance flight.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[89] .On 15 December 2006, the F-35A completed its maiden flight.^ Flight International December 18, 2006 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ Aviation Week December 15, 2006 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ Flight International December 15, 2006 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

[13]
.A modified Boeing 737-300, the Lockheed CATBird is used as an avionic test bed inside of which are racks holding all of F-35's avionics, as well as a complete F-35 cockpit.^ Also tested on Friday were the F-35's mission systems using the Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird).
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ This Boeing 737-300, originally built in 1986 and purchased by Lockheed Martin from Lufthansa in 2003, will be used to integrate and validate the performance of all F-35 sensor systems before they are flown on the first Lightning II fighter.
  • F-35 Flight Test Perspectives - Third Quarter 2008 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The single-seat F-35, built by Lockheed Martin, will be used by several U.S. military services in a variety of missions, including air-to-air combat and ground attacks.
  • Alaska lawmakers pitch Eielson as F-35 base: Military | adn.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.adn.com [Source type: News]

.On 31 January 2008 at Fort Worth, Texas, Lt Col James "Flipper" Kromberg of the U.S. Air Force became the first military service pilot to evaluate the F-35, taking the aircraft through a series of maneuvers on its 26th flight.^ Air Force re-evaluates site for new F-35 bomber .
  • f35arizona.org 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f35arizona.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He piloted the first flight of the F-35B in June 2008.
  • F-35 Flight Test Perspectives - Third Quarter 2008 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Drones are taking over the US Air Force .
  • f35arizona.org 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f35arizona.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.F-35 AA-1, on its 34th test flight, began aerial refueling testing in March 2008.[90] Another milestone was reached on 13 November 2008, when the AA-1 flew at supersonic speeds for the first time, reaching Mach 1.05 at 30,000 feet (9,144 m) making four transitions through the sound barrier, for a total of eight minutes of supersonic flight.^ Comment by Bill — March 13, 2008 # .
  • Aviapedia » Yak-141 and F-35 video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviapedia.com [Source type: General]

^ Flight times are in the 7-8 minute range.
  • NitroPlanes and Exceed RC's F-35 64mm EDF RC Jet Review - RC Groups 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.rcgroups.com [Source type: General]

^ The flight took only 35 minutes!
  • Aviation Videos - Search Results 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.flightlevel350.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[91]
.The first F-35B (designated BF-1) made its maiden flight on 11 June 2008. The flight, which featured a conventional take off, was piloted by BAE Systems' test pilot Graham Tomlinson.^ He has worked for BAE Systems for the last twenty years in flight test.
  • F-35 Flight Test Perspectives - Third Quarter 2008 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.codeonemagazine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ BF-1 is the first STOVL (Short Take-off and Vertical Landing) version of the F-35 Lightning II. BAE test pilot Graham Tomlinson is at the controls.
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An F-35B performed its first (conventional) takeoff on 11 June 2008, with CTOL flights to begin in 2009.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The BF-1 is the second of 19 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) F-35s, and the first to use new weight-optimized design features that will apply to all future F-35s.^ The JSF program is now in the "system design and development (SDD)" phase.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We have awarded the system development demonstration contracts.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is currently in its final stages.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[92] .Testing of the STOVL propulsion system in flight began on 7 January 2010. The STOVL system was used for 14 minutes of the 48 minute test flight while the plane slowed from 210 knots to 180 knots[93][94] The first hover (dead stop in mid-air) happened on 17 March 2010, followed by a conventional landing.^ F-35 flight test progress slow, again .

^ The aircraft control laws then begin using the STOVL propulsion system to provide aircraft flight control.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ The production STOVL F-35B began its flight testing phase in 2008.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[95][96][97]
.Although many of the intitial flight test targets have been accomplished, the F-35 testing program completed "just under 100 sorties and about as many hours in 2.5 years" by June 2009 and was falling significantly behind schedule.^ This build took about 1 hour to complete.
  • EasyTiger F-35 w/ Retracts 70mm EDF 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.rcuniverse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 test program completed its 100th flight on June 23rd, 2009.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 flight test progress slow, again .

[98] .A 2008 Pentagon Joint Estimate Team (JET I) estimated that the program was two years behind the latest public schedule, and a 2009 Joint Estimate Team (JET II)revised that estimate to predict a 30 month delay.^ With a high-stakes fly-off slated for the year 2000, rivals Lockheed Martin and Boeing have each employed teams to develop the prototype that will secure the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contract.
  • Amazon.com: Joint Strike Fighter: Boeing X-32 vs Lockheed Martin X-35 (Enthusiast Color Series) (9780760306284): Bill Sweetman: Books 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ On the other hand, the F-35B is the biggest headache to develop and is already the leading cause for a two-year-delay and $5 billion cost overrun.
  • Defense Tech: Obsessed with Vertical Lift? 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ Lockheed's refutation of the Joint Estimating Team (JET) analysis of cost growth and delays in the F-35 program borders on the hilarious: new computer aided design, simulation, and desk studies (un-validated by empirical testing) make cost growth in truly modern defense technology a thing of the past, they assert.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: The Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: General]

[99] .Due to those delays in the testing program, production numbers will be reduced by 122 aircraft through 2015 in order to provide additional funds for development.^ The numbers had been reduced due to cost overruns.
  • Tomgram: Chalmers Johnson, Economic Death Spiral at the Pentagon | TomDispatch 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.tomdispatch.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The levels generally reflect the financial stake in the program, the amount of technology transfer and subcontracts open for bid by national companies, and the order in which countries can obtain production aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ JET concluded that the F-22 engineering and manufacturing development program would require additional time and funding to reduce risk before the F-22 enters production.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[100] .Those additional funds will add $2.8 billion to the development funds and internal memos suggest that the offical timeline will be extended by 13 months (not the 30 months the JET II team predicted the slip would be).^ JET estimated that the development cost would increase by about $1.45 billion.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Free Military Desktop Wallpapers 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.flash-screen.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Those Aardvark II promises are long gone; the current official estimate is to buy 2,456 aircraft for a combined research, development, and procurement cost of $299 billion, or $122 million each.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ A courageously independent evaluation group in the Pentagon, known as the Joint Estimating Team (JET), is predicting two or more years of delay and $16 billion or more in further cost growth - just for the next few years.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

[99]

Environmental concerns

.In late 2008 the Air Force revealed that the F-35 would be about twice as loud at takeoff as the F-15 Eagle and up to four times as loud upon landing.^ Australia, whose national air force still flies 1970s-era F -111 fighter-bombers, is up against a similar problem.

^ Three F-35 variants -- conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL), carrier vehicle (CV) and STOVL -- each derived from a common design will ensure that the F-35 meets the performance needs of the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and allied defense forces worldwide, while staying within strict affordability targets.
  • F-35 Production Facilities Near Completion at Lockheed Martin 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www2.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ Air Force planes like the A-10, F-15, F-16 and F-22 are small enough, but lack a tailhook, do not have a wing profile designed to fit neatly on a carrier deck, and are not reinforced in the areas that would face particular stresses in a carrier landing.
  • Murdoc Online » Comparing carriers 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.murdoconline.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As a result, residents near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona and Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, possible homes of the jet, have requested that the Air Force conduct environmental impact studies concerning the F-35's noise levels.^ Air Force Link is reporting that a Record of Decision has been implemented which provides for 59 F-35s to be bed down and allow for construction of associated facilities to begin at Eglin Air Force Base: Record of Decision signed on beddown of Joint Strike Fighter Anthony -------------------- .
  • F-35 News - ASB.TV Community 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.asb.tv [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Air Force has said it will evaluate more than 200 sites for their suitability to base F-35s under criteria that include airspace, flight training ranges, weather, support facilities, runways, environmental concerns and costs.
  • Alaska lawmakers pitch Eielson as F-35 base: Military | adn.com 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.adn.com [Source type: News]

^ The F-35, which is under development by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, is intended to be the main fighter jet for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and a number of allied nations that have invested in the effort.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

[101] .The city of Valparaiso, Florida, adjacent to Eglin AFB, threatened in February 2009 to sue the Air Force over the impending arrival of the F-35s.^ In the Spring of 2009, Congressman Jeff Miller posted an electronic poll* on his website asking Do you support the Air Force's decision to locate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at Eglin Air Force Base?
  • EDC Defense Support Initiative 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.florida-edc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ VSI also received initial funding for the Pilot Fit Facility Standup at Eglin Air Force Base for the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System program.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) October 2008 The Air Force was charged with having an environmental impact study conducted on the potential impact of both the Army Special Forces and the Air Force Joint Strike Fighter to the Eglin AFB area.
  • EDC Defense Support Initiative 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.florida-edc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[102] However, it was reported in March 2009 that testing by Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force revealed that the F-35 was not as loud as first reported, being "only about as noisy as an F-16 fitted with a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 engine" and "quieter than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet."[103]

International participation

.While the United States is the primary customer and financial backer, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway and Denmark have agreed to contribute US$4.375 billion toward the development costs of the program.^ Italy, Netherlands and Turkey are Level 2 partners, each contributing 5 per cent of cost.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Countries involved in the F-35 program (alongside the United States and United Kingdom) include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[11] .Total development costs are estimated at more than US$40 billion (underwritten largely by the United States), while the purchase of an estimated 2,400 planes is expected to cost an additional US$200 billion.^ In the end, expect F-35 unit cost to exceed $200 million.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Missile Attacks on Airliners Could Hurt U.S. More than 9/11 Economic cost to U.S. travel industry could be $420 billion.
  • SPACE.com -- Future of Flight 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.space.com [Source type: General]

^ The United States Federal Aviation Administration estimates there are 609,737 active pilots with US Airmen certificates as of December 31, 2005.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[104] .The nine major partner nations plan to acquire over 3,100 F-35s through 2035,[105] making the F-35 one of the most numerous jet fighters.^ The nine major partner nations plan to acquire over 3,100 F-35s through 2035, [20] making the F-35 one of the most prolific jet fighters.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The U.S.-led, nine-nation fighter program has “performance-based logistics” built into its purchase plan, giving contractors a big role in maintenance management.
  • STSC CrossTalk - Performance-Based Software Sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II - Dec�2007 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.stsc.hill.af.mil [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-35, which is under development by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, is intended to be the main fighter jet for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and a number of allied nations that have invested in the effort.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

Participant nations:
     Primary customer: USA      Level 1 partner: UK      Level 2 partner: Italy and the Netherlands      Level 3 partner: Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway and Denmark      Security Cooperative Participants (SCP): Israel and Singapore
.There are three levels of international participation.^ There are three levels of international participation.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.The levels generally reflect the financial stake in the program, the amount of technology transfer and subcontracts open for bid by national companies, and the order in which countries can obtain production aircraft.^ The levels generally reflect the financial stake in the program, the amount of technology transfer and subcontracts open for bid by national companies, and the order in which countries can obtain production aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Some of the partner countries have wavered in their public commitment to the JSF program, hinting or warning that unless they receive more subcontracts or technology transfer, they will forsake JSF for the Eurofighter Typhoon , Saab Gripen , Dassault Rafale or simply upgrade their existing aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The fifth generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft, (the Joint Strike Fighter, JSF) , a flagship programme in transatlantic defence equipment cooperation, offers an example of the dilemmas facing European countries in this area - precisely in terms of technology transfer and technical and operational supremacy.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The United Kingdom is the sole "Level 1" partner, contributing US$2.5 billion, which was about 10% of the planned development costs[106] under the 1995 Memorandum of Understanding that brought the UK into the project.^ Level one, we only have one, the United Kingdom.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The United Kingdom is the sole "Level 1" partner, contributing US$2.5 billion, about 10% of the development costs [21] under the 1995 Memorandum of Understanding that brought the UK into the project.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Each nation is rated by partner levels in the development.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[107] .Level 2 partners are Italy, which is contributing US$1 billion; and the Netherlands, US$800 million.^ Italy, Netherlands and Turkey are Level 2 partners, each contributing 5 per cent of cost.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Level 2 partners are Italy , which is contributing US$1 billion; and the Netherlands , US$800 million.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Level 3 partners are Canada, US$475 million; Turkey, US$195 million; Australia, US$144 million; Norway, US$122 million and Denmark, US$110 million.^ Level 3 partners are Canada , US$440 million; Turkey , US$175 million; Australia , US$144 million; Norway , US$122 million; and Denmark , US$110 million .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Italy and the Netherlands are Level 2 partners while Canada, Turkey, Australia, Norway and Denmark are Level 3 partners.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Israel and Singapore have joined as Security Cooperative Participants (SCP).^ Israel and Singapore have signed on as "Security Cooperative Participants" (SCP).
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ COL DENNIS : What has been offered to Israel and Singapore has been the security cooperation participation, that unique, or hybrid of foreign military sale.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ In 2003, Israel signed a letter of agreement, worth almost $20 million, to formally join the system development and demonstration (SDD) effort for the F-35 as a "security cooperation participant" (SCP).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[108]
.Some of the partner countries have wavered in their public commitment to the JSF program, hinting or warning that unless they receive more subcontracts or technology transfer, they will forsake JSF for the Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab JAS 39 Gripen, Dassault Rafale or simply upgrade their existing aircraft.^ Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) .
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Four Military / Civilian Aircraft 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Some of the partner countries have wavered in their public commitment to the JSF program, hinting or warning that unless they receive more subcontracts or technology transfer, they will forsake JSF for the Eurofighter Typhoon , Saab Gripen , Dassault Rafale or simply upgrade their existing aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Sweden – Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) .
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Furthermore, F-35 export competitiveness has been hurt by international buyers finding either its export variant too costly per unit or "watered down".[109] While the F-16E/F costs $50 million per export copy, the F-35 is likely to cost between $65–120 million.^ In the end, expect F-35 unit cost to exceed $200 million.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ The aircraft cost is estimated at $65 million.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some potential customers have bypassed the $65 million+ cost of the F-35 Lightning II in favor of advanced 4.5th Generation fighters like the French Dassault Rafale, the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen and the European consortium Eurofighter Typhoon - each capable aircraft in their own right.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[109] .The exported F-35 versions will be the same configuration as the U.S. versions according to Brigadier Gen.^ The same core engine(s) can power the different versions of the F-35.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft's export potential also depends on the outcome of the debate in the United States on the appropriateness of exporting a "scaled down" version of the F-22 Raptor to a number of "select" buyers - the same ones as those being targeted for the F-35.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

David Heinz, program executive officer in 2009.[110]

United Kingdom

.The United Kingdom planned to acquire 138 F-35Bs as of December 2006[111] for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.^ Template:Main The United Kingdom plans to acquire versions of the F-35 for its Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ To meet operational requirements of RAF [Royal Air Force] and Royal Navy; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The United States Air Force plans to acquire 1,763 aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[112] .But speculation mounts in 2009 that they may switch from the F-35B to the F-35C model, with its greater range and payload the UK would require fewer aircraft and save about $25 million for each aircraft ordered.^ The first F-35C, known as CF-1, will undergo a wide-ranging series of ground tests before its first flight, scheduled for late 2009.
  • Lockheed Martin Unveils First Stealth Fighter for U.S. Navy 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC news.prnewswire.com [Source type: News]

^ These capabilities are to be achieved while still having significantly better range and require less logistics support than legacy aircraft.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It will be capable of carrying 40 aircraft (the F-35B Lightning II) or 25 Chinook helicopters, a major capability upgrade from the current Invincible class carriers.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[113]
.The UK became increasingly frustrated by a lack of U.S. commitment to grant access to the technology that would allow the UK to maintain and upgrade its F-35s without US involvement.^ The UK became increasingly frustrated by a lack of US commitment to grant access to the technology that would allow the UK to maintain and upgrade its F-35s without US involvement.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ F-35 Lightning II Faces Continued Dogfights in Norway ↑ "UK denied waiver on US arms technology."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The British wanted to have "operational sovereignty" over their F-35s, allowing them to modify and upgrade their machines as they wished.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This is understood to relate mainly to the software for the aircraft.^ This is understood to relate mainly to the software of the vehicle.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.For five years, British officials sought an ITAR waiver to secure greater technology transfer.^ For five years, British officials sought an ITAR waiver to secure greater technology transfer.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The GPA was intended to allow for technology transfer decisions regarding certain technologies to be made in five days or less; however, its use has been limited.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This request, which had the blessing of the Bush administration, was repeatedly blocked by U.S. Representative Henry Hyde, who said that the UK needed to tighten its laws protecting against the unauthorized transfer of the most advanced U.S. technology to third parties.^ This request, which has the blessing of the Bush administration, has been repeatedly blocked by US Representative Henry Hyde , who says that the UK needs to tighten its laws protecting against the unauthorized transfer of the most advanced US technology to third parties.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Retaining the source codes and withholding them from allies would be an insurance policy against them falling into the hands of a third party.
  • F-35 Tries To Keep Its Secrets 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Considering that information exchange and sensitive technology transfer are among those aspects to which solutions benefiting both parties need to be found; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[114]
On 27 May 2006, President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that "Both governments agree that the UK will have the ability to successfully operate, upgrade, employ, and maintain the Joint Strike Fighter such that the UK retains operational sovereignty over the aircraft."[115] On 12 December 2006, Lord Drayson signed an agreement which met the UK's demands for further participation, i.e., access to software source code and operational sovereignty. .The agreement allows "an unbroken British chain of command" for operation of the aircraft.^ The agreement allows "an unbroken British chain of command" for operation of the aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The British wanted to have "operational sovereignty" over their F-35s, allowing them to modify and upgrade their machines as they wished.
  • The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.vectorsite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Drayson said Britain would "not be required to have a US citizen in our own operational chain of command".
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.Drayson said Britain would "not be required to have a US citizen in our own operational chain of command".[116] Drayson also said, however, that Britain is still considering an unspecified "Plan B" alternative to buying the Joint Strike Fighter.^ Drayson said Britain would "not be required to have a US citizen in our own operational chain of command".
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Joint Strike Fighter vs A6K .
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Update 2 — UK signs memo with US on Joint Strike Fighter."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.On 25 July 2007, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that they have placed orders for the two new aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class that will allow the purchase of the F-35B variant.^ HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the first of the Royal Navy's two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and is scheduled to enter service in 2014.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Aircraft carriers thus allow a [[ navy .
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Comment by Jimmy — July 25, 2007 # .
  • Aviapedia » Yak-141 and F-35 video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviapedia.com [Source type: General]

[117] .On 2 May 2008, however, the Washington Post reported that an Inspector General's report chided the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Security Service for failing to ensure that BAE Systems was exercising appropriate controls over access to sensitive technologies, while both BAE and Lockheed Martin denied that any technology had been compromised.^ Defense Technology June 2, 2008 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ Lockheed Martin and BAE declined to comment.
  • Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project - WSJ.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ PM ET Fighter jet program may have compromised secret technology By Joelle Tessler, AP Business Writer Government investigators concluded that the Pentagon did not properly safeguard classified aviation and weapons technology at facilities owned by BAE Systems for at least a two-year period.
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - Tag Story Index - USATODAY.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC content.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

[118]
.On 18 March 2009, Defence Secretary John Hutton announced the MoD had agreed to purchase three test F-35s,[119][120] and on 22 December 2009 financial approval for the purchase of the third aircraft was given.^ The F135 is louder than the F100 and F110 on the F-15 and F-16, and equally as loud as the F-119 and F414 engines of the F-22 and F/A-18 Super Hornet.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ Gabi Ashkenazi announced the purchase a squadron of F-35s which Israel will begin receiving in 2014.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 Blogroll .
  • Some notes concerning Australia’s exposure to the risk that the Joint Strike Fighter is a failed project – Plane Talking 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[121]
On 26 January 2010, following over 18 months of simulator training, Squadron Leader Steve Long, by completing a test flight, became the first UK active duty pilot to fly the F-35.[122]

Italy

.Italy is the second largest contributor partner after the UK in the JSF program.^ Only two of the eight JSF partners want the STOVL aircraft, but one of those is the UK. And if the JSF program loses the UK, you may say goodbye to the rest of the international partners and hello to Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3.
  • Defense Tech: Obsessed with Vertical Lift? 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ Italy is a Level II partner in the JSF programme.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The UK committed to the JSF programme at a very early stage and, as Level 1 partners, we remain committed.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As of October 2008, Italy outlined a requirement for 131 F-35s for the Aeronautica Militare and Marina Militare.^ After much delay, ''Cavour'' is expected to enter service in 2008 to complement the Marina Militare aircraft carrier [[Giuseppe Garibaldi (551)|''Giuseppe Garibaldi'']].
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[123] Present plans schedule the acquisition of 69 F-35As and 62 F-35Bs.[124] .Italian Navy will get 22 F-35Bs while the Air Force will get 69 F-35A and 40 F-35B STOVL version aircraft.^ Italian Air Force and Italian Navy requirement for future tactical fighters; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The primary customer of the F-35B is intended to be the USMC, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and the Italian Navy.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Navy plans to use the F-35Bs on the new Cavour STOVL carrier.^ The dimensions of the JSF STOVL variant were originally set by the maximum size of aircraft that the lifts of the Royal Navy's existing Invincible class carriers could accommodate.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the first of the Royal Navy's two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and is scheduled to enter service in 2014.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Instead the UK plans to build a new class of aircraft carriers , designed specifically with JSF in mind.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[125]
Alenia Aeronautica will be the second source supplier of the wing box. .Under the terms of agreement Alenia Aeronautica is slated to produce more than 1,200 wings for the F-35 for the nine partners, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Norway.^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And Denmark is a partner in the F-35 Lightning program.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35's single largest international partner is the United Kingdom.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: The Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: General]

[126] .Other participation in the program include work on the electro-optical targeting system, on the electronic-warfare suite, ejection seat, radio, 25 mm gun and DAS systems, performed by the Finmeccanica's companies.^ Armament The F-35 includes a GAU-22/A four-barrel 25 mm cannon.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Systems The F-35 features an Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS) that will simultaneously inform the pilot of the battlefield situation from every angle of his aircraft.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More than 100 British companies are involved in the program, including BAE SYSTEMS, which produces the aircraft's aft fuselage and tails; Rolls-Royce, developer and manufacturer of the shaft-driven lift fan and other propulsion components for the F-35B STOVL variant; and Martin Baker, maker of the jet's ejection seats.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Avio is participating in both the Pratt & Whitney F135 and General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 powerplant programs.^ Engines Two different jet engines are being developed for the F-35; the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pratt and Whitney was asked to design the engine, in collaboration with Rolls Royce.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All aircraft would be equipped with either the F-135 engines built by Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, or the F-136 engine being developed by General Electric Co and Britain's Rolls-Royce Plc.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

.On 7 October 2008, Italy announced it will not participate in initial F-35 testing and evaluation, and will not purchase test aircraft.^ F-35 Chief Pilot Jon Beesley guided the fighter along the runway at increasing speeds to evaluate the aircraft’s ground handling and systems.
  • F-35 finishes all taxi testing, prepares for first flight. 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f22fighter.com [Source type: General]

^ Congress and the Pentagon have committed to purchasing only 183 F-22s so far, and F-35 procurement maxes out at 48 aircraft per year beginning in 2013.
  • Backtalk: To solve Air Force�s �fighter gap,� buy Navy Super Hornets - MilitaryTimes.com Forums 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.militarytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Flight-testing of the A330 MRTT, the first production aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), has continued at a fast pace and initial handling and performance evaluation are as predicted.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

[123]
.Italy's Air Base of Cameri will be the only Final Assembly and Check Out/Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul & Upgrade (FACO/MRO&U) facility outside the US,[127] for the final assembly of F-35s to be delivered to Italy and the Netherlands, with an estimated cost of $775 millions.^ Italian F-35s will see final assembly at Cameri Air Base.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The aircraft cost is estimated at $65 million.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The FACO could also operate as a regional maintenance and support center within the F-35 logistics solution.^ I for one am do not at all subscribe to the notion that the F-35 or F/A-18F aircraft will be outclassed within our region by ANY aircraft our “regional neighbours” might be acquiring.
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Netherlands

.The Netherlands has plans to acquire 85 F-35As for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.^ The United States Air Force plans to acquire 1,763 aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There, the Royal Navy and Air Force have just decided to reduce their F-35 buy from 138 aircraft to 50.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: The Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: General]

[128] .The aircraft will replace an aging fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16AM. The Dutch government expects the costs to be €5.5 billion for the initial purchase and €9.1 billion for 30 years of service.^ The U.K. is spending some $2 billion on the aircraft's development, according to Lockheed Martin.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Norwegian F-35s will be replacing their fleet of aging F-16 Fighting Falcons.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter spotlights international partners June 18th, 2009 PARIS - International participants in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II programme have begun purchasing aircraft and making long-range commitments to integrate the fighter into their fleets, a company executive said Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.
  • Navy: Delivery of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 by 2015 is critical, or risk fighter jet shortfall 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC blog.taragana.com [Source type: News]

[129][130] .On 19 November 2007, in the Dutch Parliament, the Secretary of Defence was questioned about the JSF delay, technical problems and rising costs.^ If the JSF production schedule is delayed significantly, Australia buys more expensive JSFs sitting earlier on the production cost curve.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Any further delays or technical problems could leave the program subject to budget cuts by the U.S. government, and delayed or even canceled purchase plans by foreign governments.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ There are three main issues that have shaped the way in which the programme has developed: costs and delays in the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase; technical/technological choices and problems and the number of aircraft that will actually be produced and their unit costs.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[131] .However, on 29 February 2008, the executive council of the Dutch government decided to go ahead with the purchase of two test aircraft and a MOU was signed.^ Executive Appointments - February 2008 .
  • Site Map Page 2 - Generated by www.xml-sitemaps.com 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.defense-update.com [Source type: News]

^ The aircraft rolled off the production line in February and has been involved in ground tests since.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Officials from the United Kingdom signed an agreement to purchase three Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B Lightning II operational test aircraft this week, the company said yesterday.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[132] .On 7 September 2008 Dutch television show "Reporter" reports that counter orders are lagging behind compared to promises and that an active lobby by the Royal Netherlands Air Force has manipulated the Dutch government into participating in the project.^ Singapore Air Show 2008 .

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There, the Royal Navy and Air Force have just decided to reduce their F-35 buy from 138 aircraft to 50.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: The Self-Dismembering F-35 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.counterpunch.org [Source type: General]

[133]

Canada

.Canada has been involved in the Joint Strike Fighter Program from its beginning, investing US$10 million to be an "informed partner" during the evaluation process.^ "Update 2 — UK signs memo with US on Joint Strike Fighter."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program update .

.Once Lockheed Martin was selected as the primary contractor for the JSF program, Canada elected to become a level 3 participant along with Norway, Denmark, Turkey, and Australia on the JSF project.^ Denmark, Norway and Turkey are all Level III participants.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lockheed Martin F-35B JSF.mil.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airwar.ru [Source type: Reference]

^ Lockheed Martin is the lead contractor on the program, and Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project - WSJ.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

.An additional US$100 million from the Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) over 10 years and another $50 million from Industry Canada were dedicated in 2002, making them an early participant of the JSF program.^ To facilitate Italian industry participation in JSF program" 18 .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 2014, the per unit ‘Price’ for the F-35A JSF will be about US$153.7 million plus/minus any variance from an inflation figure of 3% per annum PLUS the costs of any of the multitude of risks in this program materialising.
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Of the US$ 800 million invested by the Netherlands, US$ 750 million had been provided to the JSF Joint Program Office (JPO) 22 , with US$ 50 million being co-managed between the JPO and the Dutch Government.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[134]
.Canada's rationale for joining the JSF project was not due to an urgent need to replace Canada's fleet of CF-18 Hornets; instead, it was driven primarily by economics.^ It will replace the Hornet and Super hornet in fleet defense.
  • F-35 finishes all taxi testing, prepares for first flight. 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f22fighter.com [Source type: General]

^ On 12 July 2002 , Turkey became the seventh international partner in the JSF Project, joining the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark and Norway.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The EA-18G will be handling radar suppression when it comes online, replacing the EA-6B. The S-3s are due to be retired by 2009, and their duties spread about the fleet.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[134] .Through Canadian government investment in the JSF project, Canadian companies were allowed to compete for contracts within the JSF project, as there were fears that being shut out from industrial participation in such a large program would severely damage the Canadian aviation industry.^ To facilitate Italian industry participation in JSF program" 18 .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Of the US$ 800 million invested by the Netherlands, US$ 750 million had been provided to the JSF Joint Program Office (JPO) 22 , with US$ 50 million being co-managed between the JPO and the Dutch Government.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Dutch close to approving F-35 production participation" and "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: SDD Contracts & Events FY 2006", Defense Industry Daily , 5 October 2006.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[134] .Joining also furthered Canadian access to information regarding the F-35 as a possible contender when it eventually plans to replace the CF-18 Hornet fleet.^ It will replace the Hornet and Super hornet in fleet defense.
  • F-35 finishes all taxi testing, prepares for first flight. 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC f22fighter.com [Source type: General]

^ F-35's with the mission systems in place will take to the air in 2009 and the plane is expected to enter actual military service the following year to replace the AV-8B, A-10, F-16 and F/A-18 Hornet.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ As a navalized version of the base F-35, the F-35C will be launched via steam catapults already serving 4th Generation fighter aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Improved interoperability with major allies allowed the DND to gain insight on leading edge practices in composites, manufacturing and logistics, and offered the ability to recoup some investment if the government did decide to purchase the F-35.[134]
.As a result of the Canadian government investment in the JSF project, 144 contracts were awarded to Canadian companies, universities, and government facilities.^ Formal release of the final RFP for JSF was expected on 7 March 1996, but was delayed to June 1996, with contract award date in November 1996.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ L-3 Awarded Contract for UK Project LISTENER .
  • Site Map Page 2 - Generated by www.xml-sitemaps.com 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.defense-update.com [Source type: News]

.Financially, the contracts are valued at US$490 million for the period 2002 to 2012, with an expected value of US$1.1 billion from current contracts in the period between 2013 and 2023, and a total potential estimated value of Canadian JSF involvement from US$4.8 billion to US$6.8 billion.^ Of the US$ 800 million invested by the Netherlands, US$ 750 million had been provided to the JSF Joint Program Office (JPO) 22 , with US$ 50 million being co-managed between the JPO and the Dutch Government.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Boeing and Lockheed Martin each received CDP contracts from the US DoD, each worth some $700 million.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Those Aardvark II promises are long gone; the current official estimate is to buy 2,456 aircraft for a combined research, development, and procurement cost of $299 billion, or $122 million each.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

[134]

Turkey

.On 12 July 2002, Turkey became the seventh international partner in the JSF Project, joining the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark and Norway.^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Countries involved in the F-35 program (alongside the United States and United Kingdom) include Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Turkey.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As you can see, our partners that we have right now - Canada, Norway, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Turkey and Italy.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

.On 25 January 2007, Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for involvement in F-35 production.^ Comment by Ace — January 25, 2007 # .
  • Aviapedia » Yak-141 and F-35 video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviapedia.com [Source type: General]

^ On 25 January 2007 , Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for involvement in F-35 production.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Despite this Norway has signed all the Memoranda of Understanding, including the latest one detailing the future production phase of the JSF program.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[135] .The Turkish Air Force is planning to initially order 116[136][137] F-35A "CTOL/Air Force versions" at a reported cost of $11 billion.^ Turkey is expected to order 100 F-35A "CTOL/Air Force versions" at a reported cost of $11 billion.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Air Force is the only version using the top mount refueling point and the tanker boom.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-35A, intended for use by the Air Force, is the base model on which the other two are built.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[138] .It is reported that the aircraft will be produced under license in Turkey by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).^ It is reported that the aircraft will be produced under license in Turkey by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Boeing Company has successfully conducted the first flight test of the first 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft modified by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in Ankara for Turkey's Peace Eagle program.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

^ The number of center fuselages to be produced by TAI will be determined depending on the number of F-35s Turkey will procure and the number of F-35s to be produced worldwide.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.A Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed between TAI and Northrop Grumman ISS (NGISS) International on 6 February 2007. With the LOI, TAI becomes the second source for the F-35 Lightning II center fuselage during the JSF Signing.^ With the LOI, TAI becomes the second source for the F-35 Lightning II center fuselage during the JSF Signing.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ A Letter of Intent (LOI) was signed between TAI and Northrop Grumman ISS (NGISS) International on 6 February 2007 .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ BF-1 is the first STOVL (Short Take-off and Vertical Landing) version of the F-35 Lightning II. BAE test pilot Graham Tomlinson is at the controls.
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The number of center fuselages to be produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries will be determined depending on the number of F-35s Turkey will procure and the number of F-35s to be produced worldwide.^ The number of center fuselages to be produced by TAI will be determined depending on the number of F-35s Turkey will procure and the number of F-35s to be produced worldwide.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ It is reported that the aircraft will be produced under license in Turkey by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Boeing Company has successfully conducted the first flight test of the first 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft modified by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in Ankara for Turkey's Peace Eagle program.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

.The LOI represents a potential value in excess of $3 billion.^ The LOI represents a potential value in excess of $3 billion.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[139] .Northrop Grumman currently produces all F-35 center fuselages at its F-35 assembly facility in Palmdale, California.^ Northrop Grumman Palmdale, CA facility.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

^ The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array radar is common to all F-35 variants.
  • F-35 Battle scenario [Archive] - Military Photos 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The number of center fuselages to be produced by TAI will be determined depending on the number of F-35s Turkey will procure and the number of F-35s to be produced worldwide.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.TAI of Turkey is one of the two international suppliers to Northrop Grumman (the other being Denmark).^ The aircraft is being built with cooperation from a core group of countries that includes Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, and Norway.
  • DailyTech - U.S. Offers Custom F-35 Lightning II to Israel 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The JSF on the other hand is equipped from day one with two optical systems - the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) and the DAS (Distributed Aperture [InfraRed] System).
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On 10 December 2007, the Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc.^ It is reported that the aircraft will be produced under license in Turkey by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.(TAI) was authorized by the Northrop Grumman to commence fabricating subassemblies for the first two F-35 production aircraft.^ The F-35 will be the first U.S. aircraft with such a system.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array radar is common to all F-35 variants.
  • F-35 Battle scenario [Archive] - Military Photos 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.militaryphotos.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ HMS Queen Elizabeth will be the first of the Royal Navy's two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and is scheduled to enter service in 2014.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The subassemblies – composite components and aircraft access doors – will be used in the F-35 center fuselage, a major section of the aircraft being produced by Northrop Grumman, a principal member of the Lockheed Martin-led F-35 global industry team.^ Lockheed Martin is the lead contractor on the program, and Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project - WSJ.com 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as major partners.
  • US Air Force and US Navy F-35 JSF Fighter Aircraft Pictures History and Facts 22 September 2009 23:18 UTC www.aviationexplorer.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Subsequently, Northrop Grumman and British Aerospace joined Lockheed Martin team.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[140]
.It is also anticipated that TAI after 2013 will also produce 100% of the F-35 under license from Lockheed Martin Corporation, as was also the case with the F-16 Fighting Falcon program Peace Onyx I and II. Turkey also intends to incorporate in the future several Turkish designed and manufactured electronic systems into the F-35 platform.^ Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (mock-up) .
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Model 220 - Lockheed-Martin Model Designation of X-35 prototype.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 warplane is manufactured by American defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
  • Israel asks U.S. for 25 F-35 warplanes, at $80 million a unit - Haaretz - Israel News 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Murad Bayar, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, has said that Turkey may increase its order to 120 aircraft instead of purchasing Eurofighter Typhoons.^ That said, regular reference is made in Turkey to the option of purchasing Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft 26 .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gripen has found purchasers in Europe (in the Czech Republic and Hungary); Eurofighter Typhoon has captive clients (the countries participating in the programme) and potential clients such as Norway and Turkey 29 , and an important contract with Saudi Arabia is in the pipeline.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Eurofighter Typhoon and the Rafale are almost fifth generation aircraft (or are considered as such by some experts); The fifth generation is represented by aircraft of the future which are now available.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[141]

Australia

Australia's then-Minister for Defence Dr. Brendan Nelson signing the JSF Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development Memorandum of Understanding in December 2006
.Australia is participating in the F-35's development, and is expected that overall, 72 or more F-35As will be ordered[142] to replace the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) F/A-18 Hornet aircraft.^ Analysis conducted by the Royal Australian Air Force has determined that the F-35 "is the most suitable aircraft for Australia’s needs".
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[143][144]
.The Australian Government announced that it would buy into the F-35's development on 22 June 2002.[143] This decision ended the competition to replace Australia's F/A-18 and F-111 aircraft before it formally began, with other aircraft manufacturers being advised that it would not be worth submitting proposals.^ F-35 is NOT an alternative or a replacement for the F-22.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An April 2009 F-35 Noise Analysis , summarized the conclusion as Marginally less than or comparable to the F-22, F-18 E/F, and F-16 with an F-100-PW-229 engine at military and afterburner power The acoustics experienced by ground personnel is comparable to other fighter aircraft as perceived by the human ear .
  • EDC Defense Support Initiative 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.florida-edc.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All aircraft would be equipped with either the F-135 engines built by Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, or the F-136 engine being developed by General Electric Co and Britain's Rolls-Royce Plc.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

[145] .The Government argued that joining the F-35 program at an early stage would allow Australia to influence the F-35's development, provide the Government with information on the aircraft's suitability, and generate savings of over $600 million if an order for F-35s is eventually placed.^ All aircraft would be equipped with either the F-135 engines built by Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, or the F-136 engine being developed by General Electric Co and Britain's Rolls-Royce Plc.
  • U.S. approves sale to Israel of 25 F-35 fighter jets - Haaretz - Israel News 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.haaretz.com [Source type: News]

^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The levels generally reflect the financial stake in the program, the amount of technology transfer and subcontracts open for bid by national companies, and the order in which countries can obtain production aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

Australia formally signed up to the F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration phase as a Level 3 participant on 30 October 2002.[143]
.In November 2006, satisfied with the F-35's progress to date, the Government gave 'first pass' initial approval to the project under which F-35s will be acquired, with a decision on whether to order the aircraft being scheduled for late 2008. Following this initial approval, on 13 December 2006 Australia signed the JSF Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development Memorandum of Understanding which commits Australia to the next phase of the F-35's development.^ The next key milestone in the programme, the signing of the Production, Sustainment and Follow-On Development MOU will commit the United Kingdom to the whole life of the JSF programme.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The date of the decision by the government takes account of the elections due on 22 November 2006.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is after these negotiations that the UK Government will decide whether to participate in the PSFD phase, a decision due to be made in December 2006 35 .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[146] .In October 2006, the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had considered suitable aircraft which could be acquired if the F-35 was delayed, but that such aircraft were not believed to be necessary on the basis of the F-35 program's progress at the time.^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The United States Air Force plans to acquire 1,763 aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ F-35 ]] or a mixed force of both aircraft.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[147]
.Concerns over the F-35s delivery schedule developed in Australia during 2007.[146] In February the Minister for Defence announced that a risk mitigation strategy which involved obtaining F/A-18F Hornets was being developed to prevent a gap in the RAAF's air combat capability if the F-35 program was delayed.^ Minister for Defence , 1 February 2007 .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Regional Air Power capability developments 2007 .

^ I was invited to be involved regarding submissions to the Air Combat Capability Review.
  • Some notes concerning Australia’s exposure to the risk that the Joint Strike Fighter is a failed project – Plane Talking 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[148] This strategy was adopted, and an order for 24 F/A-18Fs was announced on 6 March 2007. These aircraft are scheduled to enter service with the RAAF in 2010 and be fully operational by 2012.[149]
.Following the 2007 Australian Federal Election, the new Australian Labor Party Government launched an inquiry into the replacement of the RAAF's air combat capability.^ We will have to have allied with this new air combat capability a substantial and operational air-to-air refuelling capability.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ You don't need high tech air-to-air combat capability if the conflict is in the Democratic Republic of Congo or the Aceh, Indonesia, or Paraguay.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ Speaking on Australian television in March 2007, Dr. Nelson stated that 5% of the capability of the F-35 is classified, claiming that, "that's the five percent that really counts."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[149] .The party had expressed concerns over the F-35's adequacy while it was in opposition, and proposed acquiring F-22s to replace or supplement the RAAF's F-35 force.^ Template:Main The United Kingdom plans to acquire versions of the F-35 for its Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Finnish Air Force had expressed interest in the F-35 last year.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

^ The alternatives of single type total force replacements with the F-22 or F-35 also raise interesting issues.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[150][151] .An approach was made to the U.S. Government for F-22s in early 2008, but was not successful as these aircraft are not available for export.^ NASA's WB-57 #926 has recently been spotted with new, fairly extensive modifications, which appear to have been added to the aircraft in late 2008, early 2009.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

^ The plane is expected to be the government's primary fighter aircraft beginning in 2008 through 2040, Aldridge said.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, six optional external pylons will be made available (two of these reserved for AIM-9X Sidewinder support).
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[152] .In April 2008 it was reported that the air combat review had found that the F-35 was the most suitable aircraft for Australia.^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ An aircraft in this performance bracket will simply not be competitive in air combat roles, in the Asia-Pacific environment of post 2010.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For Australia, competing with Sukhoi growth in air combat roles, and using the JSF to provide ISR and long range strike capabilities, growth will be a decisive issue.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[153] .In October 2008 it was reported that the Australian Government may order 75 F-35s instead of the 100 originally (and still officially) planned, due to the impact of the global financial crisis and a large long-term funding gap in the Defence budget.^ Also, a Government Accountability Office report issued in March warns that the F-35 program is likely to be over budget and behind schedule, which would further exacerbate the anticipated fighter gap.
  • Backtalk: To solve Air Force�s �fighter gap,� buy Navy Super Hornets - MilitaryTimes.com Forums 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.militarytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ File:Aust JST USN.jpg Australian Minister for Defence Dr Brendan Nelson signing the JSF Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development Memorandum of Understanding in December 2006 In May 2005, the Australian government announced that it would delay its planned 2006 decision on buying the JSF to 2008, and thus past the term of the present government.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Re: Officials say current plans create fighter gap .
  • Backtalk: To solve Air Force�s �fighter gap,� buy Navy Super Hornets - MilitaryTimes.com Forums 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.militarytimes.com [Source type: General]

[144] .The Government's Defence white paper released in April 2009 argued for a purchase of up to 100 F-35s, however.^ White Paper released, next the DCP .

^ News Release: Citizens Against Government Waste July 10, 2009 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ It would be very regrettable if Australia did not purchase some of these, even at the expense of the 100 F-35A. Maybe the ongoing Australian defence study that is set to be public in April, will clear things up abit.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[154]
.There has been much debate in Australia over whether the F-35 is the most suitable aircraft for the RAAF. It has been claimed that the F-35's performance is inferior to Russian-built fighters operated by countries near Australia (such as the Su-27 and Su-30 in Indonesia), that it cannot meet the RAAF's long-range strike requirement, and that further delays to the F-35 program may result in the RAAF experiencing a shortage of combat aircraft.^ The Russian response can be seen in aircraft such as the Sukhoi Su-35-1.
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Background The F-35 was the aircraft born out of the US Joint Strike Fighter program.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Australia commits to F-35 strike fighter."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[155] .The RAAF believes that the F-35 will meet Australia's needs however,[156] and both of Australia's major political parties currently support the development and purchase of the aircraft (though differences remain on the deadline and the number of aircraft).^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ It will be capable of carrying 40 aircraft (the F-35B Lightning II) or 25 Chinook helicopters, a major capability upgrade from the current Invincible class carriers.
  • A-Z of AVIONICS - Naked Scientists Discussion Forum 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenakedscientists.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Considering that information exchange and sensitive technology transfer are among those aspects to which solutions benefiting both parties need to be found; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[157][80] On 21 August 2009, it was reported that the RAAF would get two F-35s for testing in 2014 and that the initial squadron would be delayed until 2017.[158]
.On 11 September 2009, Air Marshall Mark Binskin said that a fourth squadron of F-35s for the RAAF would be imperative.^ "The Joint Strike Fighter acquisition will allow Australia to maintain its regional air combat superiority," Air Force Chief Air Marshal Mark Binskin said in a statement.
  • News - Tenders info(Australia - Australia approves purchase of joint strike fighters) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tendersinfo.com [Source type: News]

^ You may not have said we would purchase UCAVs instead of F-35s but others have & THAT is what I have been addressing.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ I also never said the we would purchase UCAVs instead of F-35s.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

[159] On 25 November 2009, Australia committed to placing a first order for 14 aircraft at a cost of AUD3.2 billion with deliveries to begin in 2014.[142]

Norway

.Norway participates in the F-35 program as a Level 3 partner in the System Development and Demonstration phase with a view to enabling its industry to compete for industrial opportunities.^ We have awarded the system development demonstration contracts.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is currently in its final stages.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Okay, where we are today, is in the system development demonstration phase.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

[160] .Norwegian National Deputy Rune Fagerli, the country's sole representative on the Joint Strike Fighter program, told SPACE.com the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Defence has pledged $125 million in preparations to replace a fleet of F-16 jets that have about 12 years left of operation.^ Joint Strike Fighter vs A6K .
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program update .

^ Other key aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

."By getting involved here, on the ground level, we can try and address the needs of Norway into this capable fighter early," said Fagerli, a colonel.^ The IAF need for an F-22 I find lacking, They should look into the 4.5 Gen fighters, like the Saab Gripen, After the their last war, the IAF and the IDF needs to work on there Combat ground support .
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ The F/A-18 Hornet has since proven a successful addition since its inception into service in early 1983 and has been evolved into the two-seat ultra-capable F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet".
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Level 3 involves payment of 1 to 2 per cent, with Denmark and Norway having teamed up to share burden, while Canada meets the cost alone.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In Norway, F-16s are fitted with drag chutes because of wet, slippery runways. .International cooperation to aircraft development could also yield aircraft from cooperating nations that fit well together during combat.^ The Rafale is expected to be operational during 2007-2008 and will be the first European fighter aircraft to be fitted with this technology, making it interoperable with the JSF or the F-22.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It did not include any of our partner nations, other than the United Kingdom, and so, just from our partner nations and the number of aircraft that they anticipate that will make up the majority of that number, as well as that we see all the international sales that are out there as well, from other than partner nations.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The ships are sailing much closer together than they would during combat operations .
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Fagerli also mentioned that Norwegian pilots currently fly missions over Afghanistan in F-16s alongside Danish and Dutch aviators.^ Plane : Su-47 Grabacr Difficulty : Ace Ace Style : Mercenary Description : Flying alongside Huckebein a few minutes after the mission updates.
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan WarWalkthrough - IGNFAQs 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It means they found a deficiency in a new capability that will be addressed before it goes to fighter pilots flying real-world missions.
  • The North Spin - Dedicated to Aircraft Test for the Aviation Enthusiast 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.thenorthspin.com [Source type: News]

^ Plane : Su-27 GrauKater & GrauKatze Difficulty : Normal Ace Style : Soldier Description : Seen flying alongside each other after Mission Update.
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan WarWalkthrough - IGNFAQs 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[161]
.Norway has several times threatened to put their support on hold unless substantial guarantees for an increased industrial share is provided.^ Norway has several times threatened to put their support on hold unless substantial guarantees for an increased industrial share is provided.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Giving each of two manufacturers essentially a guaranteed 50% share provides no competition.
  • Winslow T. Wheeler: A Tale of Two Pigs 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.huffingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.Despite this Norway has signed all the Memoranda of Understanding, including the latest one detailing the future production phase of the JSF program.^ Despite this Norway has signed all the Memoranda of Understanding, including the latest one detailing the future production phase of the JSF program.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ All our international co-operatives are signed up, save one.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ This ambitious plan for enhancing the CAS/BAI fleet collapsed as the Soviets collapsed, but important lessons were learned, all reflected now in the JSF program.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They have, however, indicated that they will increase and strengthen their cooperation with both competitors of the JSF, the Typhoon and the Gripen.^ If the other aircraft are JSFs, they will be able to cooperate to provide a capability greater than the mere sum of the parts.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[162]
.The F-35 was evaluated along with JAS 39 Gripen by the Norwegian Future Combat Aircraft Capability Project as a replacement for the F-16s currently in-service.^ Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) .
  • Side-by-Side Comparison of Four Military / Civilian Aircraft 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Some potential customers have bypassed the $65 million+ cost of the F-35 Lightning II in favor of advanced 4.5th Generation fighters like the French Dassault Rafale, the Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen and the European consortium Eurofighter Typhoon - each capable aircraft in their own right.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although helmet-mounted displays have already been integrated into some fourth-generation fighters such as the Swedish JAS 39 Gripen , the F-35 will be the first in which helmet-mounted displays replace a head-up display altogether.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[163] On 20 November 2008, the government released a statement saying it will support buying F-35s for the Royal Norwegian Air Force instead of the Saab Gripen NG.[164]
.The Norwegian Air Force has decided to develop the Joint Strike Missile for the F-35 and other aircraft.^ The other option is the F-16E for the Air Force.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-35 ]] or a mixed force of both aircraft.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[165]

Denmark

.Denmark has joined the Joint Strike Fighter program as a Level 3 partner and the Royal Danish Air Force is considering the replacement of 48 of its aging F-16 fighters with next generation aircraft.^ Other key aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ Background The F-35 was the aircraft born out of the US Joint Strike Fighter program.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And Denmark is a partner in the F-35 Lightning program.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Denmark's MPs are not expected to vote on a purchase of the F-35 before 2012, and are considering alternatives such as the Gripen, Super Hornet, and Eurofighter.^ Gripen has found purchasers in Europe (in the Czech Republic and Hungary); Eurofighter Typhoon has captive clients (the countries participating in the programme) and potential clients such as Norway and Turkey 29 , and an important contract with Saudi Arabia is in the pipeline.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Eurofighter Typhoon and the Rafale are almost fifth generation aircraft (or are considered as such by some experts); The fifth generation is represented by aircraft of the future which are now available.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That the Russians field a dozen missiles on their fighters as a "swarm" kill, and that considering that the Sukhoi's will have radars that can detect farther, it will see the S. Hornet or Lightning even before these radars see the Sukhoi.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[166][167][168]

Security Cooperative Participants (SCP)

Israel

.In 2003, Israel signed a formal letter of agreement, worth almost $20 million, to join the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) effort for the F-35 as a "security cooperation participant" (SCP).^ In 2003, Israel signed a letter of agreement, worth almost $20 million, to formally join the system development and demonstration (SDD) effort for the F-35 as a "security cooperation participant" (SCP).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ We have awarded the system development demonstration contracts.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is currently in its final stages.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[169] .The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated in 2006 that the F-35 is a key part of IAF's recapitalization plans, and that Israel intends to buy over 100 F-35A fighters at an estimated cost of over $5 billion to replace their F-16s over time.^ The United States Air Force plans to acquire 1,763 aircraft.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Israeli Air Force (IAF) stated in 2006 that the F-35 is a key part of IAF's recapitalization plans, and that Israel intends to buy over 100 F-35A fighters at an estimated cost of over $5 billion to replace their F-16s over time.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[170] .Israel was reinstated as a partner in the development of the F-35 on 31 July 2006, after Israeli participation was put on hold following the Chinese arms deal crisis.^ Israel was temporarily reinstated as a partner in the development of the F-35 on 31 July 2006 , after Israeli participation was put on hold following the Chinese arms deal crisis.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ In 2003, Israel signed a letter of agreement, worth almost $20 million, to formally join the system development and demonstration (SDD) effort for the F-35 as a "security cooperation participant" (SCP).
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ "Dutch close to approving F-35 production participation" and "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: SDD Contracts & Events FY 2006", Defense Industry Daily , 5 October 2006.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[171]
.On 16 November 2006, Yaakov Katz, of The Jerusalem Post reported that if no jet fighters were delivered to Israel between the last batch of F-16s in 2007 and the first F-35s in 2014 then the Israeli air force would decline in numbers as older fighters wore out and were retired.^ In October 2006 the deputy chief of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Blackburn, publicly stated that the RAAF had ruled out the purchase of interim strike aircraft to cover any delays to the F-35 program and believed that the F-35 was suitable.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Now the Jerusalem Post reports the Pentagon has agreed to supply the F-35A Lightning II variant to Israel as early as 2012, instead of in 2014 or 2015.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ "The Joint Strike Fighter acquisition will allow Australia to maintain its regional air combat superiority," Air Force Chief Air Marshal Mark Binskin said in a statement.
  • News - Tenders info(Australia - Australia approves purchase of joint strike fighters) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.tendersinfo.com [Source type: News]

[172]
.On 3 September 2007, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen.^ On 3 September 2007 IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Conway has most recently been serving as the Director of Operations, J-3, on the Joint Staff assisting the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace.
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

.Gabi Ashkenazi announced the purchase of a squadron of F-35s which Israel will begin receiving in 2014. However, U.S. defense officials later agreed to allow Israel to receive the fighters as early as 2012.[173] The price of each F-35 is expected to reach $70–80 million.^ Gabi Ashkenazi announced the purchase a squadron of F-35s which Israel will begin receiving in 2014.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The price of each F-35 is expected to reach $50 million-$60m.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ With an early buy of 2 F-22EX squadrons, however, Israel could then fill the rest of its planned buy with F-35As produced later in the production process, and pay something like $60 million each on average for 80, beginning in 2015 as originally expected and taking deliveries until 2025 or so.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

[174]
.The Jerusalem Post reports that the Pentagon has agreed to supply the F-35A variant to Israel as early as 2012, instead of in 2014 or 2015. This would make Israel one of the first nations to receive the aircraft, and very possibly the first foreign nation.^ Now the Jerusalem Post reports the Pentagon has agreed to supply the F-35A Lightning II variant to Israel as early as 2012, instead of in 2014 or 2015.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ This would make Israel one of the first nations to receive the aircraft, and very possibly the first foreign nation.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ There is a lot to developing a variant style aircraft and the engineers are being very careful prior to production to get it right.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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.Previous objections to Israel’s installation of its own technology in the F-35 – as it has done with every US fighter it has received – were also reportedly overcome.^ Previous objections to Israel's installation of its own technology in the F-35 (as it has done with every US fighter it has received) were also reportedly overcome; at present, the only Israel technology in the standard version will be the JSF HMDS helmet mounted display system , designed in cooperation with Elbit Systems.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ In any of the forms, the F-35 will remain a potent supersonic (Mach 1.0+ capable) fighter with lethal strike capabilities reportedly unmatched by anything else in the modern skies.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "US wants India's fighter jet order, dangles F-35 carrot" .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.At present, the only Israeli technology in the standard version will be the JSF HMDS helmet-mounted display system, designed in cooperation with Elbit Systems.^ A Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) has found its way into the F-35.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Previous objections to Israel's installation of its own technology in the F-35 (as it has done with every US fighter it has received) were also reportedly overcome; at present, the only Israel technology in the standard version will be the JSF HMDS helmet mounted display system , designed in cooperation with Elbit Systems.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ VSI also received initial funding for the Pilot Fit Facility Standup at Eglin Air Force Base for the F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System program.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

.Israel also asked to manufacture F-35 aircraft locally at a 1:2 ratio, but the reports did not indicate whether that request was granted.^ Israel also asked to manufacture the aircraft locally at a 1 local to 2 delivered ratio, but the reports didn't indicate whether that request was granted.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ Aren’t all military aircraft manufacturing countries responding to the F-35?
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The deal with Israel for the F-35 is tentatively set at an initial buy of 25 aircraft in fiscal 2012 with an option for 50 more.
  • DailyTech - U.S. Offers Custom F-35 Lightning II to Israel 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[175] .On 30 September 2008, the US DoD reported that Israel has requested to purchase 25 F-35As with options to buy up to 50 F-35As or F-35Bs.^ Comment by BEK — September 25, 2008 # .
  • Aviapedia » Yak-141 and F-35 video 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.aviapedia.com [Source type: General]

^ F-16.net September 30, 2008 .
  • Pratt & Whitney F-35 JSF competitive engine program debate 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.f135engine.com [Source type: News]

^ Posted by: 弓弩 at September 14, 2008 06:50 AM .
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

[176][177]
On 24 June 2009, The Jerusalem Post reported that an understanding had been reached on "the main basic issues". These include Israeli electronics and the ability to maintain the aircraft independently and that deliveries could start as early as 2014.[178]
.On 10 July 2009, the Israeli Air Force submitted an official Letter of Request (LOR) to the Pentagon to purchase its first squadron of 25 F-35As.^ The Zohan 10-25-2009 .
  • FTA Receivers - Files Only - FTABins.NET :: The Greatest FTA Community on the NET! 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.ftabins.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The project was canceled under pressure from the newly-created [[United States Air Force ]], and the letter "A" was re-cycled to mean "attack."
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There is no indication the F-35B will be purchased by the Air Force, especially as an A-10 replacement.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

[citation needed]
.On 8 September 2009, The Jerusalem Post reported that negotiations had bogged down again over Israeli insistence that they be given sufficient technical details to enable them to equip the aircraft with their own technologies and repair them independently.^ Now the Jerusalem Post reports the Pentagon has agreed to supply the F-35A Lightning II variant to Israel as early as 2012, instead of in 2014 or 2015.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

^ Jay Says: September 19th, 2009 at 6:17 am Also, technology is no replacement for good fighter pilot and training.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And if they really want the F-22, they would shut down their own national projects and redevelop it in the lines of the F-22.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[179] .And on 4 November 2009 it reported that a likely failure to sign a contract for 25 aircraft by the start of 2010 would delay the deliveries one or two years past the 2014 target date.^ The team’s findings were based on data from September 2008, and the next report won’t be available until at least October, likely well past consideration of the fiscal 2010 defense appropriations and authorization bills, the aide said.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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^ Transformers 2 Revenge Of The Fallen Year One - Official Trailer Lakers fans rioting JUNE 14 2009 Iranian Election 2009 - Charges of Election fruad;...
  • Up channels: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - a major multinational program which is intended to produce an "affordably stealthy" multi-role strike 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC u.tearn.com [Source type: General]

^ Depending on the level of partnership, Level One and Level Two partners get a full waiver guaranteed on the non-recurring recoupment on the production aircraft.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

[180]
Haaretz has reported disaffection by Israeli defense firms over what will be their minimal contributions to "the largest procurement program in IDF history."[181]
.In 2010 Israel demanded that American funds be provided so that half of the systems in the Israeli aircraft be produced locally.^ What the United Kingdom wants is the same aircraft as the United States, with a minimum of "black boxes" accessible only to American engineers, and to be able to modify onboard equipment and systems according to national requirements, while adding components or technologies developed locally.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Israel planned/plans to mount the Radar system on Chinese Il-76 aircraft.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Israel also asked to manufacture the aircraft locally at a 1 local to 2 delivered ratio, but the reports didn't indicate whether that request was granted.
  • F-35s to Israel Early? - Winds of Change.NET 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC www.windsofchange.net [Source type: General]

[182]

Singapore

.In February 2003, Singapore joined the JSF program's System Design and Development (SDD) Phase, as a Security Co-operation Participant (SCP).^ The System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase is currently in its final stages.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Security co-operation participant: That's kind of the next step.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ Israel and Singapore have joined as Security Cooperative Participants.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[183] .Singapore could be buying up to 100 F-35s.^ A significant per-aircraft price increase could force the Air Force to buy fewer F-35s, Thompson said.
  • Backtalk: To solve Air Force�s �fighter gap,� buy Navy Super Hornets - MilitaryTimes.com Forums 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.militarytimes.com [Source type: General]

^ In any event, it's likely that F-35s are end up costing more than $100 million each.
  • F-35 Tries To Keep Its Secrets 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "Israel Plans to Buy Over 100 F-35s."
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[184]

Potential exports

.The F-35 is a possible future offer to the Indian Air Force as of July 2007. This has been interpreted as part of a tactic to sell the F-16 as a multirole fighter to the IAF, as part of its competition to acquire 126 new fighters.^ Italian Air Force and Italian Navy requirement for future tactical fighters; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35 is a potential offer to the Indian Air Force as of July 2007.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ This has been interpreted as part of a tactic to sell the F-16 as a multi-role fighters to the IAF. [47] .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

[185] .Lockheed Martin formally expressed its interest to sell F-35s to India.^ America plans to provide about 2500 to its Armed Forces, and Lockheed Martin plans to sell another 1000 to the USA’s Allies.
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As of July 2008, the Venezuelan government has expressed interest in buying several Su-35s, and the aircraft has been offered to India, Malaysia and Algeria.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ America plans to provide about 2,500 to its Armed Forces, and Lockheed Martin plans to sell another 1,000 to the USA’s Allies.
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[186] It is also known that the Indian Navy has shown interest in buying the F-35B.[187]
The Brazilian Air Force recently has added the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to the list of aircraft under consideration for its relaunched new fighter procurement, called F-X2. The F-35 replaces the F-16, which was in contention for the previous F-X BR program, shelved in 2003 and finally abandoned in 2006.[188][189][190] Lockheed Martin did not offer the F-35 and instead bid the F-16BR in 2008.[191]
.The Finnish Air Force has expressed its interest in the F-35, and other "advanced aircraft", as the replacement for its F-18C Hornets.^ The other option is the F-16E for the Air Force.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ F-35 ]] or a mixed force of both aircraft.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

An eventual purchase decision would be taken around 2015.[192]
.The future Spanish Navy ship Juan Carlos I (L61) is adapted to carry JSF and AV-8B Harrier.^ This 25 mm cannon, a development of the 20 mm M61 Vulcan carried by USAF fighters since the F-104 Starfighter , is also carried by the USMC's AV-8B Harrier II .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ The dimensions of the JSF STOVL variant were originally set by the maximum size of aircraft that the lifts of the Royal Navy's existing Invincible class carriers could accommodate.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[193]
.Lockheed Martin is offering the F-35 to the Hellenic Air Force as F-4E Peace Icarus 2000 and F-16C/D Block 30 replacement.^ The F-35 is a potential offer to the Indian Air Force as of July 2007.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ USA - Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (mock-up) .
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ F-16C Fighting Falcon (Block 30) .
  • Jet Fighters 22 September 2009 10:27 UTC uscockpits.com [Source type: Reference]

[194]
.Taiwan has requested to buy the F-35 from the US. However this has been rejected by the US in fear of a critical response from China.^ F-35’s, or we will be the only country that does and have 10 (and no one in the US buys it either).
  • The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey? – Plane Talking 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC blogs.crikey.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Israel Requests F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighters from the US .
  • Site Map Page 2 - Generated by www.xml-sitemaps.com 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.defense-update.com [Source type: News]

.In March 2009 Taiwan again was looking to buy U.S. fifth-generation fighter jets featuring stealth and vertical takeoff capabilities.^ Lockheed Martin touts the fighter as the first one to combine stealth, short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed.

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ The 25mm GAU-22A Gatling cannon will be fitted into an external pod that will itself feature "stealth" capabilities to maintain the aircraft's low-profile signature.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[195]
.The United States has asked Japan for a billion yen for basic information about the F-35 and is only willing to disclose information about the F-35's stealth features after Japan commits to the purchase.^ The United States is far ahead when looking at commitments to purchase F-35s, particularly with Italy’s intent to buy 131 F-35s, and Turkey planning to acquire 116 Joint Strike Fighters.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nevertheless, discussions about numbers of aircraft and unit costs have major consequences for those European countries that have committed to the SDD phase and for those that may be envisaging one day replacing their F-16s with F-35 Lightning II (JSF) aircraft.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But they are not committed to getting this fighter, and will be offering a competiton that just only pits the F-35 and JAS-39 Gripen as of now.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[196] .The Japanese Defense Ministry is likely to include a request for the fighter in its 2011 budget, but coalition politics may delay this for a year.^ I mean the F-35C may come out on time, if the F-35B and A aren't delayed, but 50 per year right after?
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Back two years ago, the Dutch were concerned about the rising costs and delays of this fighter, and were seriously mulling at the idea that this wasn't the right fighter for them.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[197]
.South Korea will most likely buy 60 F-35s for the third stage of its F-X program.^ They got it right with the overcosting of the LCS program, Zumwalt program, San Antonio's, and will also most likely get it right with the Ford-class carriers.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Most of the massive B-52 fleet was retired and the buy of B-2A `batwing' bombers was chopped from 132 to 60 and then finally 21.
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Gower said the number that is most batted around is 149, which would add 60 to the program of record, he added.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[198]

Variants

.The F-35 is planned to be built in three different versions to suit the needs of its various users.^ The F-35 is planned to be built in three different versions to suit the needs of its various users.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ The three versions of the F-35 are described… and more.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Template:Main The United Kingdom plans to acquire versions of the F-35 for its Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

F-35A

F-35 Lightning II over Eglin Air Force Base
.The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the US Air Force and other air forces.^ The F-35A, intended for use by the Air Force, is the base model on which the other two are built.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Multi-role conventional takeoff (CTOL) fighter for US Air Force; 1 built .
  • Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II (X-35 JSF) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.fighter-planes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The other option is the F-16E for the Air Force.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

.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.^ Like the AV-8 Harrier II , guns will be carried in a ventral pod.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ This 25 mm cannon, a development of the 20 mm M61 Vulcan carried by USAF fighters since the F-104 Starfighter , is also carried by the USMC's AV-8B Harrier II .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal gun, the GAU-12/U .
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

.It is designed for increased effectiveness compared to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.^ The serrated nozzle and inlet design reflect this 'narrowband' optimisation - with increasing radar wavelength both will progressively lose effectiveness.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The average fighter fleet now is in the mid 20's, and if we increase the fighter numbers, we'll have a legacy fighter fleet that will be over 40 years old.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Firepower is multipurpose (diversified payloads), speed and manoeuvrability have increased compared with other existing aircraft (fourth and 4.5 generation).
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-35A is expected to match the F-16 in maneuverability, instantaneous and sustained high-g performance, and outperform it in stealth, payload, range on internal fuel, avionics, operational effectiveness, supportability and survivability.^ Single engine, VTOL, thin-skinned, over-weight, low weapons payload capacity, short operational range, F-pole energy envelope is nothing to brag about, and no spare internal volume for future avionics capacity.
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • CQ Politics | Report: F-35 Work Falls Behind Two More Years 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.cqpolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Inherently the JSF will have considerably more range than the F-18, just on internal fuel.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ Excess dead weight will exact penalties in performance, be it agility, range or weapon payload at range.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[199] .It also has an internal laser designator and infrared sensors, equivalent to the Sniper XR pod carried by the F-16, but built in to remain stealthy.^ Template:Fact It also has an internal laser designator and infra-red sensors.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ Very few carriers have been designed or built without an island and such a configuration has not been seen in a fleet sized carrier.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It will provide TV and midwave IR imaging with multiple fields of view, and increased range laser designation and ranging capability over most existing podded systems.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The A variant is primarily intended to replace the USAF's F-16 Fighting Falcon, beginning in 2013, and replace the A-10 Thunderbolt II starting in 2028.[200][201]

F-35B

The F135 engine with lift fan, roll posts, and rear vectoring nozzle, as designed for the F-35B, at the Paris Air Show, 2007
.The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft.^ The F-35B is the short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lockheed Martin touts the fighter as the first one to combine stealth, short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed.

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

.Similar in size to the A variant, the B sacrifices some fuel volume to make room for the vertical flight system.^ Ultimately it is the aircraft's flight control computer which determines how to interpret the input, either by applying rudder or vertical stabilizer deflections, or some combination there of.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ The F-35 also makes use the Lockheed Martin-patented Shaft-Driven Lift Fan (SDLF) to achieve vertical flight.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The production F-35C (USN variant) was revealed on July 28th, 2009 with an expected first flight some time during the remainder of 2009.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Takeoffs and landing with vertical flight systems are by far the riskiest, and in the end, a decisive factor in design.^ Lockheed Martin touts the fighter as the first one to combine stealth, short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed.

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ AA-1 (cn AA-1 ) Test flight #20 ends as the F-35 lands at Navy Ft.
  • Photo Search Results | Airliners.net 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.airliners.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Like the AV-8B Harrier II, the B's guns will be carried in a ventral pod.^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ The politically vocal and influential US Marines wanted a replacement for their F/A-18s and AV-8B Harriers, which meant a V/STOL capability, but faster and more survivable.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II (and its British counterparts the GR.7 and GR.9) were modernized versions of the original Hawker Siddeley Harrier VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) multi-role, close-support "jump jets".
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Whereas F-35A is stressed to 9 g, the F-35B is stressed to 7 g.[202][203] .Unlike the other variants, the F-35B has no landing hook; the "STOVL/HOOK" button in the cockpit initiates conversion instead of dropping the hook.^ The tricycle landing gear, with a forward retracting nosewheel and inward-retracting main gear, has single wheels on all assemblies in the CTOL and STOVL variants.
  • Navy Matters | Joint Strike Aircraft 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC navy-matters.beedall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35B is the STOVL variant which will replace the AV-8 Harrier currently in service with the US Marine Corps.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ The Pentagon has released funding for six more F-35As (above); funds for the Marine Corps’ first six F-35B STOVL fighters will be released only after the variant’s first flight, due in June.
  • F-35 News/Updates - Topic Powered by Social Strata 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC forums.military.com [Source type: General]

[204]
.The British Royal Air Force and Royal Navy plan to use this variant to replace their Harrier GR7/GR9s.^ To meet operational requirements of RAF [Royal Air Force] and Royal Navy; .
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In return, the U.S. Air Force will set up a fast-response software modification service for everyone using the F-35.
  • F-35 Tries To Keep Its Secrets 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.freerepublic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The United States Marine Corps intends to purchase 340 F-35Bs[205] to replace all current inventories of the F/A-18 Hornet (A, B, C and D-models), and AV-8B Harrier II in the fighter, and attack roles.^ Of course for the Marine Corps it will replace the Harrier and the F-18C. .
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ The F-35B is the STOVL variant which will replace the AV-8 Harrier currently in service with the US Marine Corps.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as for eight international partners--Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Bullhorn38 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.anahq.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.[206] The USMC is investigating an electronic warfare role for the F-35B to replace the service's EA-6B Prowlers.^ The EA-18G will be handling radar suppression when it comes online, replacing the EA-6B. The S-3s are due to be retired by 2009, and their duties spread about the fleet.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ Plans are under way for an electronic warfare variant (the EA- 35B) and for an F-35 drone (unmanned).
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The F-35B is the STOVL variant which will replace the AV-8 Harrier currently in service with the US Marine Corps.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed Martin's F-35 Takes Flight 20 January 2010 16:23 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[207][208]
.One of the British requirements was that the F-35B design should have a Ship-borne Rolling and Vertical Landing (SRVL) mode[209] so that wing lift could be added to powered lift to increase the maximum landing weight of carried weapons.^ Lockheed Martin touts the fighter as the first one to combine stealth, short takeoff/vertical landing capability and supersonic speed.

^ The Marine Corps version is a STOVL (short takeoff / vertical landing) stealth aircraft that is designed to replace the AV-8B Harrier and also the F/A-18D Hornet .
  • Tun-Tavern.com: August 2006 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC www.diakonos.com [Source type: General]

^ The vertical engine only needs to support the "empty" weight of the plane, not the fully weapon loaded and fueled weight.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

[210]
.The U.S. Marines are investigating the use of the SRVL method to operate F-35Bs from CVNs without disrupting carrier operations as the landing method uses the same pattern of approach as wire arrested landings.^ It's a POS that's "too expensive to fail" at this point and can't carry comparable weapon loads without using stealth-compromising external racks.
  • DailyTech - U.S. Offers Custom F-35 Lightning II to Israel 27 January 2010 23:51 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ The primary function of the angled deck landing area is to allow aircraft who miss the arresting wires, referred to as a "bolter", to become airborne again without the risk of hitting aircraft parked on the forward parts of the deck.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ That's that low approach speed onto the carrier deck for carrier operations.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

[211] .However the aircraft is able to "bring back" 2 x 1K JDAM, 2 x AIM-120 and reserve fuel to a vertical landing.^ One for the STOVL mission that's unique to the STOVL performance - short take off distance and vertical lift bring back.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ However, six optional external pylons will be made available (two of these reserved for AIM-9X Sidewinder support).
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Want to just now focus back a little bit on that vertical, short take-off and vertical landing system.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

[212]
The F-35B was unveiled at Lockheed's Fort Worth plant on 18 December 2007,[213] and the first test flight was on 11 June 2008.[214] The B variant is expected to be available beginning in 2012.

F-35C

.The F-35C carrier variant will have a larger, folding wing and larger control surfaces for improved low-speed control, and stronger landing gear and hook for the stresses of carrier landings.^ The F-35C naval variant will have a larger, folding wing and larger control surfaces for improved low-speed control, and stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier landings.
  • Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II - Aircraft Wiki 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC aircraft.wikia.com [Source type: Reference]

^ F-35C - Navalized variant for carrier take-off and arrestor landings; reinforced internal structure and undercarriage; arrestor hook; increased control surfaces; folding wings for carrier storage.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The X-35C then underwent a series of rigorous mock carrier landings to test out the validity of the modified airframe.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed, increased range and payload, with twice the range on internal fuel compared with the F/A-18C Hornet, achieving much the same goal as the heavier F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.^ The F/A-18 Hornet has since proven a successful addition since its inception into service in early 1983 and has been evolved into the two-seat ultra-capable F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet".
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Inherently the JSF will have considerably more range than the F-18, just on internal fuel.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ It also VERY MUCh wants the F-35C for its increased range (a capability lost & already felt, mostly in increased reliance on USAF tankers, in its all F/A-18 fleet).
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

.The United States Navy will be the sole user for the carrier variant.^ At the time of this writing, the US Navy will be the sole operator of the F-35C variant.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The United States Navy is also looking to make these new carriers more automated in an effort to reduce the amount of funding required to maintain and operate its [[supercarrier]]s .
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^ LPH ]] helicopter carriers for the transport of [[ United States Marine Corps ]] troops and their helicopter transports were developed.
  • Aircraft_carrier 25 September 2009 0:10 UTC hewgill.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It intends to buy 480 F-35Cs to replace the F/A-18A, B, C, and D Hornets.^ The F-35 is supposed to replace the F-18A-D. Therefore, if we buy more F-18E/F to replace said F-18A-D where does that leave the number of F-35s to be purchased.
  • Defense Tech: Fighting Fighter Issues 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.defensetech.org [Source type: General]

^ The second is that schedule delays put any Australian buy into an earlier portion of the cost curve, assuming current planning schedules for F/A-18A replacement.
  • APA Analysis - Joint Strike Fighter vs RAAF Needs 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.ausairpower.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The F-35C will also serve as a stealthier complement to the Super Hornet.^ As a navalized version of the base F-35, the F-35C will be launched via steam catapults already serving 4th Generation fighter aircraft such as the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • Lockheed F-35 Lightning II - History, Specifications and Pictures - Military Aircraft 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.militaryfactory.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[215] .On 27 June 2007, the carrier variant completed its Air System Critical Design Review (CDR).^ By Martin Blank on 12/9/07 , Rating: 2 By Martin Blank on 12/9/2007 8:58:27 PM , Rating: 2 A complete collapse of the control computers would make it impossible for the pilot to control.
  • DailyTech - Lockheed's F-35 Takes to the Air After Seven Month Grounding 3 February 2010 15:38 UTC www.dailytech.com [Source type: General]

^ NG have completed their preliminary design reviews for their engines.
  • Media Release - Department of Defence 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.defence.gov.au [Source type: Original source]

^ Systems integration now includes the human component through man-machine interfaces, digitisation has almost been completely achieved and the systems have been designed for network-centric operations.
  • Transatlantic cooperation in the aeronautical field:the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft (Joint Strike Fighter) 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.assembly-weu.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This allows the first two functional prototype F-35C units to be produced.^ The Navy is banking on the idea that the F-35C will come out in 2015, and start being produced at 50 units per year shortly thereafter.
  • GameSpot Forums - Vigilante - The F-35 and its global competitors 11 September 2009 4:59 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since the AA-1 prototype completed its first fight in December 2006, 100 test fights have been completed by three aircraft over two and one half years.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Su-35BM is in prototype stage – only two have been built so far and the first flight was on February 19, 2008.
  • Russia Responds to the Joint Strike Fighter Program | Environmental Graffiti 30 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.environmentalgraffiti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[216] The C variant is expected to be available beginning in 2014.[217] The first production F-35C was rolled out on 29 July 2009.[218]

Specifications (F-35A Lightning II)

External images
F-35B Lightning II cutaway illustration
Hi-res cutaway of F-35B Lightning II STOVL by Flight Global, 2006.
The first of 15 pre-production F-35s
F-35A and F-35C armament

Data from Lockheed Martin specifications,[219][220][221] F-35 Program brief,[67] F-35 JSF Statistics[64]

General characteristics
Performance
Armament
Avionics

Differences across variants

  1. ^ B is the same, C: 14.9 ft (4.54 m)
  2. ^ C is same, B: 60,000 lb (27,000 kg)
  3. ^ F-35B: 14,003 lb (6,352 kg); F-35C: 20,085 lb (9,110 kg)
  4. ^ F-35B: 7.5 g, F-35C: 7.5 g
  5. ^ fitted as an external pod with 220 rounds in the F-35B and F-35C
Differences between variants
F-35A
CTOL
F-35B
VSTOL
F-35C
Carrier version
Length 51.4 ft (15.7 m) 51.3 ft (15.6 m) 51.5 ft (15.7 m)
Wingspan 35 ft (10.7 m) 35 ft (10.7 m) 43 ft (13.1 m)
Wing Area 460 ft² (42.7 m²) 460 ft² (42.7 m²) 668 ft² (62.1 m²)
Empty weight 29,300 lb (13,300 kg) 32,000 lb (14,500 kg) 34,800 lb (15,800 kg)
Max take off weight 70,000 lb (31,800 kg) 60,000 lb (27,000 kg) 70,000 lb (31,800 kg)
Range 1,200 nmi (2,220 km) 900 nmi (1,670 km) 1,400 nmi (2,520 km)
Combat radius 610 nmi (1,100 km) 500 nmi (910 km); 640 nmi (1,150 km)
Thrust/weight
full fuel
50% fuel
0.84
1.04
0.86
1.02
0.77
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Media

External media
Official Lockheed Martin F-35 videos

See also

Related development
Comparable aircraft
Related lists

References

Notes
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    ^ First of all I'd like just to talk a little bit about the vision of the Joint Strike Fighter program.
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    ^ The F-35, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter, best meets the requirements drawn up by the Netherlands for the successor to the F16.
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    ^ When the Pentagon announced in October 2001 that Lockheed Martin had been chosen to compete with Boeing for the Joint Strike Fighter project, Lockheed Martin began its SDD phase almost immediately.
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