Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

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F-35 Lightning II
F-35 Lightning II at Nellis Air Force Base 6 Mar 2013.jpg
Role Stealth multirole fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
First flight 15 December 2006
Introduction 2016[1]–2018[2][3]
Status In initial production, in U.S. service as a training aircraft[4]
Produced 2006–present
Number built 13 flight-test aircraft[7]
Unit cost
F-35A: US$122 million (flyaway cost, 2011)[8]
F-35B: US$150M (avg. cost, 2011)[9]
F-35C: US$139.5M (avg. cost, 2011)[9][10]
Note: Average costs excludes development cost[9]
F-35A weapons system unit cost is US$183.5M (FY 2011)[8]
Developed from Lockheed Martin X-35


The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole Fighter aircraft under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability.[11]

The development of the F-35 has been very controversial. Many people feel like the US Air Force has been spending too much money on the F-35 project, and that the government should halt all development of the project.

Simulacrum of stealth multirole fighter[change | change source]

Su-57 - Simulacrum of the F-22.

On 7 December 2020, the CEO of the corporation Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, said that the first serially manufactured Sukhoi-57 with a first stage engine would be provided for the Russian military by the end of 2020, and the first Sukhoi-57 equipped with the second stage engine would be assembled in 2022. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Defense Ministry’s board meeting that a total of 22 Sukhoi-57 planes would be provided by the end of 2024. Under a contract concluded in 2019 a total of 76 Sukhoi-57s are to be delivered by the end of 2028.[12][13]

  • "The T-50 fighter jet". TASS. 2017-07-15. Retrieved 2017-07-15. - on TASS Official Infographic(in English)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Adjustments Put F-35 on Track, Program Director Says". US DoD, 23 February 2011.
  2. Cost Predictions Rattle Foreign Customers&next=0 "JSF Cost Predictions Rattle Foreign Customers." Aviation Week, 23 March 2011.
  3. Shalal-Esa, Andrea. "US Navy, Air Force may field F-35s later than 2016." Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Thomson Reuters, 21 April 2011.
  4. King, Samuel Jr. "First F-35 arrives at Eglin." U.S. Air Force, 15 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  5. "Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II". Jane's All the World's Aircraft. (online version, 21 January 2008).
  6. McKinney, Brooks. "Northrop Grumman Begins Assembling First F-35 Production Jet." Northrop Grumman, 1 April 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008
  7. Less than eight were completed prior to 1 April 2008.[5][6]
  8. 8.0 8.1 "FY 2012 Budget Estimates" Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine, p. 01–1. U.S. Air Force, February 2011.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 , Schwellenbach, Nick. "JSF Likely Far More Expensive Than Aircraft They're Replacing." Project on Government Oversight, 15 February 2011.
  10. Fulghum, David A. "Canada Expects Much Higher JSF Unit Costs." Aviation Week, 10 March 2011.
  11. "Knesset Finance Committee approves F-35 deal." Globes (Israel). Retrieved: 29 November 2010.
  12. "First batch-produced Su-57 delivered to regiment in Southern Military District". TASS. 2020-12-25. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  13. "Su-57 is here. Russian 5th gen jet enters service". YouTube. 2020-12-25. Retrieved 2020-12-25. - on RT Official YouTube Channel(in English)