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.

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." 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", 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.