F-35C Lightning II
The 5th generation F-35 Lightning II integrates advanced stealth technology into a highly agile, supersonic aircraft that provides the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability. As new threats emerge, it is more important than ever for U.S. and allied fighter fleets to fly the F-35 stealth fighter, the world's only 5th generation international aircraft. While each aircraft is uniquely designed to operate from different environments, all three variants set new standards in network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion and supportability. The F-35 redefines the multirole fighter.
The F-35 is designed with the entire battlespace in mind, bringing transformational capability to the United States and its allies. Missions traditionally performed by specialized aircraft — air-to-air combat, air-to-ground strikes, electronic attack, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance — can now be executed by a squadron of F-35s.
For the first time in U.S. naval aviation history, radar-evading stealth capability comes to the carrier deck. The F-35C carrier variant sets new standards in weapon system integration, lethality, maintainability, combat radius and payload that bring true multimission power projection capability from the sea.
The F-35C combines lessons learned from previous aircraft with technology breakthroughs to produce a fighter that retains its stealthy advantage with minimal low observable maintenance, even in the harshest shipboard conditions.
Enhanced Asymmetric Advantage.
The F-35C matches 5th generation survivability with major advances in network-enabled mission systems, reliability and interoperability. It is a first-day-of-the-war fighter with the capability to dominate adversaries in the air or on the surface, while surviving the most formidable threat environments.
The Navy aims to equip all carrier air wings with F-35Cs by 2025, complimenting the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-3D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, MH-60R/S Sea Hawk helicopters and Carrier Onbard Delivery Logistics aircraft. The Navy and industry partner goal is to deliver the operational aircraft to the fleet in 2018.
|Point Of Contact|
Naval Air Systems Command
F-35 Joint Program Office
200 12th Street S. Ste. 600
Arlington VA 2202
|Primary Function: As threats around the world advance and legacy aircraft continue to age, the F-35 Lightning II is absolutely critical to ensuring the United States and our allies are operating the most powerful and effective aircraft in the world, no matter the enemy.|
|Contractor: Primary: Lockheed Martin|
Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems
|Unit Cost: $121.2M for LRIP 10|
|Length: 51.5 ft / 15.7 m|
|Height: 14.7 ft / 4.48 m|
|Wingspan: 43 ft / 13.1 m|
|Weight: 70,000 lb|
|Airspeed: Mach 1.6|
|Range: >1,200 n.mi / 2,200 km|
|Load: 18,000 lb / 8,160 kg|
|Armament: AIM-120C/D, 2K GBU-31 JDAM|
|Last Update: 3 May 2018|