Lockheed Martin / Northrop Grumman / BAe Systems - USA
(Showcased structural values pertain to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II production variant)
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / swept-back
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertains to the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II production variant)
1 x Pratt & Whitney F135 F119-PW-100 afterburning turbofan developing 28,000lb thrust dry and 43,000 lb thrust with reheat.
(1,930 kph | 1,042 kts)
(15,240 m | 9 mi)
(2,220 km | 4,111 nm)
♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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.
426-gallon external / jettisonable fuel tanks.
(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
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This entry's maximum listed speed (1,199mph).
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Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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