Provides the United States and allied governments with an affordable, stealthy 5TH generation fighter for the 21st century.
Brings stealth capability that is integrated throughout the aircraft with embedded antennas, aligned edges and special coatings and materials.
Meets multiple service requirements with a single-engine supersonic multirole fighter.
The single-engine F-35 Lightning II will be manufactured in three variants:
1. Conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) for the U.S. Air Force
2. Carrier variant (CV) for the U.S. Navy
3. Short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) for the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.K. Royal Air Force and Royal Navy
Conducts air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions simultaneously with near impunity.
Carries a comprehensive sensor package that integrates vast amounts of battlespace information with allied forces in the air, on the ground, at sea or in space.
The F-35 Lightning II’s successful first flight occurred Dec. 15, 2006. Flight testing continues to advance full development of this 5TH generation fighter. Flight testing of the STOVL variant begins in 2008. Deliveries to the armed services are scheduled to begin in 2010 and continue well beyond 2030.