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Name: F-35.Role: Stealth Multi-role fighter.Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin.Â Introduction: 2011.Status: Under development / pre-production.Unit cost: $80-100 Million.The F-35 is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable military strike fighter, a multi-role aircraft that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three different models; one is the conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is short takeoff and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier-based variant.F-35A - conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant.Â F-35B - short-takeoff and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant.Â F-35C - carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant.The F-35A is the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant intended for the air forces. It is the smallest, lightest F-35 version and is the only variant equipped with an internal cannon, the GAU-22/A. This 25 mm cannon is a development of the GAU-12 carried by the USMC's AV-8B Harrier II. It is designed for increased effectiveness compared to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon carried by other USAF fighters.The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the aircraft. Similar in size to the A variant, the B sacrifices some fuel volume to make room for the vertical flight system. Takeoffs and landing with vertical flight system are by far the riskiest, and in the end, a decisive factor in design. Like the AV-8B Harrier II, the B's guns will be carried in a ventral pod.The F-35C carrier variant will have a larger, folding wing and larger control surfaces for improved low-speed control, and stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier landings. The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed, increased range and payload, with twice the range on internal fuel.F-35 â€“ SpecificationsGeneral characteristicsCrew: 1Â Length: A: 51.4 ft, B: 51.3 ft, C: 51.5 ft (A: 15.67 m, B: 15.6 m, C: 15.7 m).Â Wingspan: A/B: 35 ft, C: 43 ft (A/B: 10.7 m, C: 13.1 m).Â Height: A/B: 14.2 ft, C: 14.9 ft (A/B: 4.33 m, C: 4.54 m).Â Wing area: A/B: 460 ftÂ², C: 668 ftÂ² (A/B: 42.7 mÂ², C: 62.1 mÂ²).Â Empty weight: A: 29,300 lb, B: 32,000 lb, C: 34,800 lb (A: 13,300 kg, B: 14,500 kg, C: 15,800 kg).Â Loaded weight: 44,400 lb (20,100 kg).Â Max takeoff weight: A/C: 70,000 lb, B: 60,000 lb (A/C: 31,800 kg, B: 27,200 kg).Â Power plant: 1Ã— Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan.Â Dry thrust: 25,000 lbf (111 kN).Â Thrust with afterburner: 42,000 lbf (178+ kN).Â Lift fan (STOVL): 1Ã— Rolls-Royce Lift System driven from main power plant, 18,000 lbf (80 kN).Â Internal fuel: F-35A: 18,480 lb (8,382 kg); F-35B: 14,003 lb (6,352 kg); F-35C: 20,085 lb (9,110 kg).PerformanceMaximum speed: Mach 1.67 (1,283 mph, 2,065 km/h).Â Range: A: 1,200 nmi; B: 900 nmi; C: 1,400 nmi (A: 2,220 km; B: 1,670 km; C: 2,520 km) on internal fuel.Â Combat radius: A: 610 nmi; B: 500 nmi; C: 640 nmi (A: 1,110 km; B: 910 km; C: 1,150 km) on internal fuel.Â Service ceiling: A/B/C: 60,000 ft (18,288 m).Â Rate of climb: classified (not publicly available).Â Wing loading: 91.4 lb/ftÂ² (446 kg/mÂ²).Â Thrust/weight:With full fuel: A: 0.89; B: 0.92; C: 0.81.Â With 50% fuel: A: 1.12; B: 1.10; C: 1.01.Â G-Limits: F-35A: 9 g, F-35B: 7.5 g, F-35C: 7.5 g.ArmamentGuns: 1 Ã— GAU-22/A 25 mm (0.984 in) cannon â€” slated to be mounted internally with 180 rounds in the F-35A and fitted as an external pod with 220 rounds in the F-35B and F-35C.Â Hard points: 6Ã— external pylons on wings with a capacity of 15,000 lb (6,800 kg) and 2Ã— internal bays with 2 pylons each.Â Missiles:Internal: 4 air-to-air missiles, or 2 air-to-air missiles and 2 air-to-ground weapons.Â External: 6 air-to-air missiles, or 4 air-to-ground weapons and 2 air-to-air missiles with combinations for the following missiles.Â Air-to-air missiles:Â AIM-120 AMRAAM.Â AIM-132 ASRAAM.Â AIM-9X Sidewinder.Â Air-to-ground weapons:Â AGM-154 JSOW.Â AGM-158 JASSM.Â Bombs:Mark 84 general purpose bombs.Â Mark 83 GP bombs.Â Mark 82 GP bombs.Â Mk.20 Rockeye II cluster bomb.Â Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser capable.Â Paveway-series laser-guided bombs.Â Small Diameter Bomb (SDB).Â JDAM-series.
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Lockheed Martin Launches New F-35 Website
16:16 GMT, June 20, 2011 PARISÂ Lockheed Martin announced a new website for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft at the Paris Air Show today.The site,Â The Official Website of the F-35 Lightning II, provides the most up-to-date information on the F-35 program, including history, program updates, news, photos and videos.Â The F-35 Lightning II is the most advanced 5th generation multirole fighter in the world, combining Very Low Observable stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and reduced sustainment costs. The Lightning II's sensor suite is the most powerful and comprehensive of any fighter in history and will merge with an unprecedented networking capability to give unmatched situational awareness. Supersonic launch of internal weapons, including maximum-speed (Mach 1.6) launch of internal air-to-air missiles, is a feature of all F-35s.Â Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Pratt & Whitney's F135 propulsion system powers all F-35 variants.Â
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