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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (13,870 bytes)

      America's newest combat aircraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be manufactured by Lockheed Martin . The Lockheed Martin team includes Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. Major subassemblies will be produced by Northrop Grumman. BAE Systems is responsible for aft fuselage horizontal and vertical tails and the wing-fold mechanism, using experience from the Harrier STOVL programme.The F-35 family designated the F-35A, F-35B and F-35C which are similar in shape and size and power by the same basic engine. The JSF (F-35) is a multirole fighter optimized for Air-to-Ground role with secondary Air-to-Air capability. The JSF improved survivability, precision engagement capability, reduced life cycle cost. The JSF is using many of the same technologies developed for the F-22 (Raptor) . The Lockheed Martin X-35 was chosen because of Lockheed's lift-fan STOVL design. The Lift-fan, which is powered by the aircraft engine via a clutched driveshaft which Lockheed has the technology in hand.

      All versions developed by Lockheed Martin have the same fuselage and internal weapons bay, identical wing sweeps. The weapons are stored in two parallel bays located aft of the main landing gear. All other systems and avionics are common among all different versions. The systems on F-35 include:
          * Advanced Electronically Scanned array (AESA) multi-function radar by Northrop Grumman
          * Electronic Countermeasures Equipment by Snader/Litton Amercon
          * Electro-Optical Targeting System by Lockheed Martin
          * Helmet-Mounted Display by Vision System International Advanced
      The US Air Force will fly the F-35A which will includes an internal gun, infared sensors, and laser designator. Designed to takeoff and land from conventional runways. In a future war, F-22 and F-35A would fly complementary missions. The F-22 would establish and maintain air superiority, while the F-35A would attack the enemy on ground. Air Force will buy 1763 of F-35A.
      The US Marines will fly the F-35B which its overall are identical to the Air Force F-35A . The F-35B has the powerplant and airframe been modified for short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) operation. On F-35B, the engine is coupled with a shaft-driven lift fan system . The lift fan has been developed by Rolls-Royce Defence. The main engine has a three bearing swivelling exhaust nozzle. The nozzle , together with the vertical lift fan provide the required STOVL capability. Marines will buy 609 of F-35B.
      The Navy will fly F-35C, F-35C using the same airframe and engine, it will have larger wing and tail-control surfaces. These are needed to maintain the control at lower speeds for carrier approches. The airframe will be strengthened to absorb the shock and arrested landing. Additional wing area, with larger leading-edge flaps and foldable wingtip sections. F-35C will be able to carry more fuel and larger payload. Navy will buy 480 of F-35C.
      The Fighter is expected to enter service in 2008.
Power Plant (Engine) Pratt & Whitney
(Turbofan with afterburning)
derivative of F119 fitted on F-22
Number of Engine   1
Engine Thrust   37,200 lbs (164.6 kN)
Lift Fan Thrust (shaft driven) Rolls Royce / Allison 18,000 lbs (80 kN)
Wing Span F-35A = 35.10 ft (10.70 m)
F-35C = 35.10 ft (10.70 m)
F-35B = 43.50 ft (13.26 m)
folded = 29.83 ft (9.10 m)
Length F-35A = 50.75 ft(15.47 m)
F-35C = 50.75 ft(15.47 m)
F-35B = 51.25 ft(15.62 m)
Speed (max)   1.8 Mach
Range F-35A & C = 1,080 nm (2,000 km) F-35B = 1,620 nm (3,000 km)
Takeoff Weight   50,000 lb (22,680 kg)
Ceiling   N / A
Fuel capacity F-35A & C = 15,000 lbs (6,805 kg) F-35B = 16,000 lbs (7,255 kg)
Crew   1
Armament two internal bays
each bay fitted with two hard points
carrying bombs and missiles
27mm.cannon 1800 shots/min.
internal mounted for F-35A&B
External mounted for F-35C
External stores load 2 External pylons hard points
on each wing can be attached
cockpit Joint Strike Fighter
1 nm.(nautical mile) = 1.15155 miles, 1 kt (knot) = 1.15155 mile / hr.
1 mach = 761 mph.(SL,ISA)

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