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BAe Sea Harrier vs Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II


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Your selected aircraft are compared in side-by-side arrangement below. You can always go back and Compare any two aircraft in our database. Some entries contain '0', 'not available', or an 'NA' value. This is more common with conceptual, experimental, and x-plane designs. Rotary-wing system (i.e. helicopters) values include main rotor diameter as part of width/wingspan measurement. UAV entries may display crew values as '0', not taking into account ground-based controllers.
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SUBJECTS
BAe Sea Harrier FA2
Carrierborne VSTOL Strike Fighter Aircraft
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
BASICS
ORIGIN
United Kingdom
ORIGIN
United States
YEAR
1978 [Diff.-38 yrs]
YEAR
2016 [Diff.+38 yrs]
CREW
1
CREW
1
PRODUCTION
118 units [Diff.-502]
PRODUCTION
620 units [Diff.+502]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
46.6 ft (14.2 m) [Diff.-3.8 ft]
LENGTH
50.4 ft (15.4 m) [Diff.+3.8 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
24.9 ft (7.6 m) [Diff.-10.0 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
34.9 ft (10.7 m) [Diff.+10.0 ft]
HEIGHT
12.2 ft (3.7 m) [Diff.-5.2 ft]
HEIGHT
17.3 ft (5.3 m) [Diff.+5.2 ft]
RELATIVE SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.


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BAe Sea Harrier FA2
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Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT.
14,052 lb (6,374 kg) [Diff.-14,950 lb]
EMPTY WT.
29,002 lb (13,155 kg) [Diff.+14,950 lb]
M.T.O.W.
26,235 lb (11,900 kg) [Diff.-43,872 lb]
M.T.O.W.
70,107 lb (31,800 kg) [Diff.+43,872 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
1 x Rolls-Royce Pegasus Mk 104 turbofan engine developing 21,500 lb of thrust.
1 x Pratt & Whitney F135 F119-PW-100 afterburning turbofan developing 28,000lb thrust dry and 43,000 lb thrust with reheat.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
734 mph (1,182 kph) [Diff.-465 mph]
SPEED
1,199 mph (1,930 kph) [Diff.+465 mph]
RANGE
2,237 miles (3,600 km) [Diff.+857 miles]
RANGE
1,379 miles (2,220 km) [Diff.-857 miles]
CEILING
52,493 ft (16,000 m) [Diff.+2,493 feet]
CEILING
50,000 ft (15,240 m) [Diff.-2,493 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD:
2 x 30mm ADEN cannons in under-fuselage pod fairings.

OPTIONAL:
4 x Matra rocket pods (18 x SNEB 68mm rockets each).
4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles.
4 x AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-range air-to-air missiles
R550 Magic air-to-air missiles
ALARM Anti-Radiation/Anti-Radar air-to-surface missiles.
Martel air-to-surface missiles
Sea Eagle anti-ship missile
Coventional Drop Bombs
Practice Bombs
WE.177 Nucelar Bomb
2 x Fuel Drop Tanks
Reconnaissance Pod as needed

Up to 5,000lbs of external ordnance on four underwing pylons (two to a wing).
STANDARD (F-35A):
1 x 25mm GAU-12/U internal four-barreled automatic cannon.

OPTIONAL (F-35B and F-35C):
1 x 25mm GAU-12/U cannon in an external pod ("missionized gun").

OPTIONAL (rated up to 18,000lb):
The F-35 series will house all primary armament in an internal weapons bay. However, six optional external pylons will be made available (two of these reserved for AIM-9X Sidewinder support). Mission-specific ordnance can include a combination of the following:

AIM-9X "Sidewinder" short-range, air-to-air missiles.
AIM-120B/C AMRAAM medium-range, air-to-air missiles.
AIM-132 ASRAAM short-range, air-to-air missiles.
2,000lb GBU-10 "Paveway II" guided bombs.
2,000lb GBU-24A/B "Paveway III" guided bombs.
2,000lb GBU-31 JDAM bombs.
2,000lb MK-84 general purpose bombs.
2,000lb MK-84 BSU-50 "Ballute" general purpose bombs.
2,000lb GBU-31 JDAM bombs.
1,000lb GNU-16 "Paveway II" guided bombs.
1,000lb MK-83 BLU-110 general purpose bombs.
1,000lb GBU-32 JDAM bombs.
500lb CBU-38 JDAM bombs.
500lb GBU-12 "Paveway II" laser-guided bombs.
500lb MK-82 general purpose bombs.
MK-83 BSU-85 general purpose bombs.
CBU-99/100 "Rockeye II" cluster bombs.
CBU-103/105 munitions dispenser.
AGM-154 A/C JSOW glide bombs.
"Brimstone" / Joint Common Missiles.
Phase I SDB (under development).
"Stormshadow" cruise missiles.
AGM-158 JASSM missiles.
MXU-648/CNU-88 Baggage Pod.
BDU-57/58/60 laser-guided training round.
MK-76/MK-58/BDU-48.
426-gallon external / jettisonable fuel tanks.
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SIMILAR / RELATED TO...
Lockheed F-22 Raptor
Boeing AV-8B Harrier II
Hawker Siddeley Harrier

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