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$98 million ea.
$104 million ea.
$116 million ea.
$77,000/hr.(est.)
multi role attack
one
P&W F135
43,000 lbs.
18,000 lbs.
29,800 lbs.
70,500 lbs.
1- 25 mm
18,000 lbs.
5,700 lbs stealth
3,700 lbs stealth
51' 5"
35' 0"
1,200 mph
40,000 fpm (est.)
43,000 feet tested
1036 - 1,612 miles
12/15/2006





The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF. It is the most expensive airplane project in the history of the world. The aircraft is primarily produced by Lockheed-Martin along with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

The aircraft was originally intended to be a low cost replacement for numerous aging aircraft designs. A combined total of 2,443 aircraft were planned, at a total project cost of US$223 billion.  They would be for use by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marines in three variants to keep development costs down.

According to its designers, the F-35's mission is not intended as air superiority, but as a multi-role intelligence gathering light weapons platform.  Due to newer maintenance technologies, it was believed that the cost to fly the aircraft would be about the same as the aircraft it would be replacing.


The concept behind the F-35 Lightning II is of one that should have been inexpensive to produce. It is intended to be used in a world where conflicts like Afghanistan are common. Ideally there should be no modern fighter aircraft for it to face, nor should there be be any ground fire, or anything other than X band radar guided ground-to-air defensive systems to fly against.




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