Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 is the next generation strike fighter bringing cutting-edge technologies to the battlespace of the future. The JSFs advanced airframe, autonomic logistics, avionics, propulsion systems, stealth, and firepower will ensure that the F-35 is the most affordable, lethal, supportable and survivable aircraft ever to be used by so many warfighters across the globe. Read more about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on the Official Website. JSF.mil

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General characteristics

* Crew: 1
* Length: 62 ft 1 in (18.90 m)
* Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
* Height: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
* Wing area: 840 ft² (78.04 m²)
* Airfoil: NACA 64A?05.92 root, NACA 64A?04.29 tip
* Empty weight: 31,700 lb (14,379 kg)
* Loaded weight: 55,352 lb (25,107 kg)
* Max takeoff weight: 80,000 lb (36,288 kg)
* Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 Pitch “Thrust” vectoring turbofans, 35,000 lb (155.7 kN) each


* Maximum speed: ˜Mach 2.42 (1,600 mph, 2,575 km/h) at high altitude
* Cruise speed: Mach 1.72[41] (1,140 mph, 1,825 km/h) at high altitude
* Ferry range: 2,000 mi (1,738 nm, 3,219 km)
* Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (19,812 m)
* Rate of climb: classified (not publicly available)
* Wing loading: 66 lb/ft² (322 kg/m²)
* Thrust/weight: 1.26
* Maximum g-load: -3/+9 g


* Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A2 Vulcan gatling gun in starboard wing root, 480 rounds
* Air to air loadout:
o 6× AIM-120 AMRAAM
o 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder
* Air to ground loadout:
o 2× AIM-120 AMRAAM and
o 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder and one of the following:
+ 2× 1,000 lb JDAM or
+ 2× Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMDs) or
+ 8× 250 lb GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs

Note: It is estimated that internal bays can carry about 2,000 lb (910 kg) worth of bombs, and/or missiles. Four external hardpoints can be fitted to carry weapons or fuel tanks, each with a capacity of about 5,000 lb (2268 kg), while compromising, to a certain extent, the aircraft’s stealth. Some armament is still largely classified. Aircraft in this size class since the F-105 have historically met a requirement of carrying maximum external payloads in the range of 14,000-15,000 lb with combat loads typically closer to 4,000-8,000 lb

* Radar: 125-150 miles (200-240 km) against 1 m² targets (estimated range)

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