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The F-35 family includes three variants — all single-seat jets. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant, and the F-35C carrier variant.

All three variants have similar performance characteristics and the exact same advanced avionics. The variation between models allows military forces to achieve service-specific mission capability, while still taking advantage of the economies of scale that result from the parts and processes that are common to all three variants.

F-35A

Designed to operate from conventional runways and is the most common variant. The United States Air Force and the majority of F-35 international allied customers operate the F-35A.



F-35B

Can land vertically like a helicopter and take-off in very short distances. This allows it to operate from austere, short-field bases and a range of air-capable ships.

The F-35B is operated by the United States Marine Corps, the United Kingdom, and the Italian Air Force.



F-35C

The Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only 5th Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for aircraft carrier operations.

The F-35C is operated exclusively by the Department of the Navy.



Sensor Suite

The F-35 has the most advanced sensor suite of any fighter in history, including the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Distributed Aperture System (DAS), Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS) and advanced electronic warfare capabilities to locate/track enemy forces, jam radars and disrupt attacks.

Network Enabled Ops

The F-35 serves as an information and communications gateway, sharing its operational picture with the ground, sea and air assets.

Weapons Capability

The F-35 carries weapons internally in stealth configuration, or externally in permissive environments. All variants of the F-35 will carry JASSM or LRASM, providing increased reach, lethality and survivability against heavily-protected, strategic targets and increasing the ability to deter near-peer adversaries.

Supersonic Speed & Extended Range

The Pratt & Whitney F135 is the most powerful fighter engine in the world. With a top speed of Mach 1.6, the F-35 is a long range, supersonic fighter, even with a full complement of internal weapons and fuel.

Electronic Warfare System

Advanced electronic warfare capabilities locate and track enemy forces, jam radars, and disrupt attacks.

Low Observable Stealth

The F-35’s aligned edges, reduced engine signature, internal carriage of weapons and fuel and embedded sensors all contribute to its unique stealth performance. With stealth designed in from day one, the F-35 has an unmatched ability to evade enemy detection and enter contested airspace.


Development

The F-35 delivers unmatched mission flexibility to the U.S. and our international partners. We continue to develop new capabilities and systems to ensure that the F-35 dominates the battle space today and in the future.

We continue to add new weapon systems to significantly enhance the F-35. To widen the gap between 4th Generation aircrafts and the F-35 we’ve increased the internal weapons capacity, added more missions to multi-role and integrated new technologies to the F-35 suite.

These capabilities help make the F-35 the most lethal and survivable aircraft in the world.

Production

Aggressive F-35 production continues to ramp up, with a 50 percent production increase over the last four years. We continue increase to production rates, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and meet our delivery targets. At peak production, we will have the capability to deliver one F-35 every working day.

F-35 production across all three variants takes place on a common production line. The strength of the F-35 program stems from our partners. We source from nearly 1,400 suppliers, across 45 states and Puerto Rico.

Today, we use new manufacturing technologies to more efficiently produce the F-35. These new technologies use robotic systems, automation and data integration to continuously develop our production system.

Sustainment

With fleet expansion, F-35 sustainment continues to improve. We are delivering 5th Gen Sustainment, which includes high reliability, predictive health monitoring, a high velocity supply chain and condition-based maintenance. As the system matures and improvements are implemented – we expect to meet the DoD’s readiness goals and reduce Operations and Support (O&S) costs to be similar to less capable 4th Generation aircraft.

As the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed Martin’s engineers and sustainment teams understand every aspect of the most lethal, survivable and connected fighter in the world. We engineer for sustainment, anticipating the needs of the flight line to support the warfighter.

In partnership with our U.S. and International customers we aim to improve mission readiness and affordability. Lockheed Martin is taking key actions such as aggregating supply chain demand with production, development, and sustainment; executing performance-based contracts with key suppliers; advanced analytics and diagnostics to enable condition-based maintenance and reduce maintenance intervals in the field; and Reliability improvements on high-failure components to reduce part demands.

F-35 Sustainment remains a top priority and we continue to improve our aircraft readiness and develop new technologies and systems with the pilot and maintainer in mind.


Transformational Capability


As adversaries advance and legacy aircraft age, the 5th Generation F-35 is critical to maintaining air dominance now and for decades to come. 5th Generation capability is defined by the combination of Very Low Observable stealth, advanced sensors, information fusion and network connectivity – all packaged within in a supersonic, long range, highly maneuverable fighter.

With this advanced technology, the F-35 is a multi-role fighter capable of successfully executing any and all mission, including new missions not traditionally fulfilled by legacy fighters. Where 4th generation fighters are forced to adapt to this advancing battlespace, the F-35 shifts the power dynamic and is able to define the battlespace that our adversaries will need to adapt to.

More than a fighter jet, the F-35’s ability to collect, analyze and share data, is a powerful force multiplier that enhances all airborne, surface and ground-based assets in the battlespace.

VLO Stealth


With stealth designed in from day one, the F-35 has an unmatched ability to evade enemy detection and enter contested airspace.

Weapons Capacity


The F-35 carries weapons internally in stealth configuration, or externally in permissible environments with greater than 18,000 pounds of total ordinance.

Supersonic Speed and Extended Range


The Pratt & Whitney F135 is the most powerful fighter engine in the world. At Mach 1.6, the F-35 is a long range, supersonic fighter, even with a full compliment of internal weapons and fuel.

Sensor Fusion


F-35’s advanced sensor fusion creates a single integrated picture of the battlefield that greatly enhances awareness, survivability and lethality.

Network Enabled Ops


The F-35 serves as an information and communications gateway, sharing its operational picture with the ground, sea and air assets.

Electronic Warfare System


Advanced EW capabilities to locate/track enemy forces, jam radars and disrupt attacks.



F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS)

The F-35's advanced HMD provides pilots with unmatched situational awareness in diverse conditions.

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EOTS combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality.

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