The F-35 Lightning II is a single-engine 5th-generation stealth air-to-ground
fighter with advanced sensors, avionics, aerodynamics and a state-of-the-art
AESA radar. The primary missions are air-to-ground with
secondary missions for air-to-air combat. The prime contractor is Lockheed-Martin
with Boeing as a the main subcontractor.
There are 3 versions; the F-35A (1),
F-35B (2) and the F-35C (3).
The F-35A is the conventional version which needs a conventional runway
for takeoff and landing. The F-35A will be the most produced version,
mainly for the US Air Force.
- AN/AAS-37 electro-optical Distributed Aperture System
- Electro-optical targeting system
- AN/ASQ-239 Electronic warfare system
- VSI Helmet Mounted Display System
- Integrated Communication , Navigation & Identificatiom
- Inertial Navigation System
- Global Positioning System
- 8'' x 20'' inch Multi-Function Display System
- UHF radio
- C-band, L-band, S-band
100 F-35s (all versions)
70 million dollar (2009)
(current and future)
States, Netherlands (Air Force), Norway (Air Force), United Kingdowm
(Navy and Air Force),
States , Japan (planned)
production, in test phase, Initial Operational Capability
The F-35B is a Short takeoff and Landing version, capable of vertical
take-off and landing. Main user is the US Marine Corps.
STOVL versie demo film
Marine Corps F-35B (MCAS Miramar
The F-35C is the carrier version, capable of takeoff and landing from
current and future aircraft carriers. The F-35C will be delivered to
the US Navy.
Navy F-35C (MCAS Miramar 2018)
Some countries which are working with the United States are: the United-Kingdom,
Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and Norway.
The F-35 is planned to be purchased by:
1. United States
In Juli 2013, the first F-35 was delivered to the Dutch Ministry of
Defene. The aircraft wiull be stored at Eglin AFB, Florida, untill the
Dutch government decides to replace the entire F-16 fleet by the F-35.
A second F-35 is currently being used for test and acceptance flights
before delivery to the Dutch MoD.