Top 7 Facts About The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II


News outlets have been publishing numerous articles regarding this outstanding vehicle. The fighter jet deserves all the attention it has received thus far. In this article, we’ll be giving you the information you should know about the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, so you can understand what the fuss is all about. 


1. FIRST F-35 FLIGHT

It has not been long since the first F-35 took flight. The first-ever flight was just in late 2006. Since it is relatively new, and therefore more developed, its features are awe-inspiring.         

Let us give you a general idea of what this jet could do and give you its specifics. For starters, the F-35 carries weapons internally in a stealth configuration or externally in permissible environments with greater than 18,000 pounds of total ordinance. With stealth designed from day one, the F-35 has an unmatched ability to evade enemy detection and enter contested airspace. 


2. SUPERSONIC SPEED FEATURE 

Photo: Lockheed Martin

Another feature is its extended range and supersonic speed. The Pratt & Whitney F135 is considered the most powerful fighter engine across the globe. At Mach 1.6, this F-35 is a long-range, supersonic fighter, even with a full complement of internal weapons and fuel.

According to their website, the F-35 serves as a communication and information gateway. It shares its operational picture with the ground, sea, and air assets. This Network Enabled Ops feature goes hand in hand with the F-35’s advanced sensor fusion creating a single integrated picture of the battlefield. It also greatly enhances awareness, survivability, and lethality. Hence, the F-35’s Electronic Warfare System can then use this information to locate/track enemy forces, jam radars, and disrupt attacks. That’s why it’s considered the most advanced fighter jet worldwide.


3. TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is more advanced than the KAI KF-X of South Korea, Mitsubishi ATD-X (Shinshin) from Japan, and turkeys TAI TFX. However, in the top 10 list of 5th generation fighter jets of the world by India Today, Lockheed Martin F-35 only ranked 4th. 

According to them, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor deserves to be on the top 1. Moreover, in Aerotime Hub’s list of most advanced fighter jets, the F-35 Lightning II ranked third. In the end, they also placed Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor first due to its advanced and maneuverable twin-engine

However, despite its overly advanced features and impressive speed of 1,200 mph, the F-35A Lightning II still needs more improvements, particularly in its lightning protection.


4. LIGHTNING PROTECTION

As explained by Defense News, damages have been discovered in one of the systems specifically responsible for lightning protection. When flying through lightning, the jet has to rely on its OBIGGS or its Onboard Inert Gas Generation System. Without it, the chance of the jet exploding when struck by lightning is exceptionally high.  

The thing is, we are not entirely sure whether the OBIGGS could help the jet, should it get hit by lightning. Because of this uncertainty, the F-35 Joint Program Office established flight restrictions. 

However, that small flaw does not undermine the jet’s capabilities. Moving on, we’ll know more specifics about the F-35’s lethal features and sneaky abilities that make it stand out from other fighter jets. 


5. F-35’S LETHAL FEATURES

Photo: Lockheed Martin

On the more lethal side, detecting and disrupting potential threats is one of the most advantageous abilities this jet has. The Hot Cars website further explained that “The 5th generation fighter integrates electronic attack capabilities, aerial and ground combat systems, and reconnaissance in ways that distinguish it from other military aircraft.” Hence, this jet is capable of causing irreversible damage.  

The jet also has a next-generation suite called the AN/ASQ-239 system, which provides a fantastic 360-degree situational awareness. This feature prevents any threat or attack towards the jet. Moreover, the system also helps the pilot target, foresee radar warnings, and take countermeasures. Hence, this jet is beyond powerful. 


6. NUCLEAR DROP TRIALS

Another thing that could make the enemy forces worry is that nuclear drop trials have been conducted with the Jet. An article by Gareth Jennings for Jane Website informs us that the first announced tests occurred on the 23rd of November, even though a USAF jet dropped an inert BG1 Mod 12 (B61-12) freefall nuclear bomb over the Nevada Tonopah Test Range in the early months of 2020. 

This nuclear bomb is the latest version of the B61 family of gravity bombs to give you an idea. In fact, the first production of the B61-12 Nuclear Bomb was in 2020. The U.S. Air force and other allied nations have been using this family of bombs since 1968. 

The multi-program responsible for non-nuclear components of the United States’ nuclear stockpile is Sandia National Laboratories. Moreover, according to them, “The flight test of the B61-12 with the F-35A Lightning II this summer was the first ever at Sandia’s Tonopah Test Range featuring the fighter jet. ” 


7. SUB-DISCIPLINE OF MILITARY TACTICS

Photo: f35.com

One of the F-35’s sneaky features is its design not to be detected by radars.  There is a sub-discipline of military tactics called stealth technology or low observable technology (LO). In general, this tactic aims to reduce radar signature. Moreover, it also allows the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to go long distances untracked by 4th or earlier generation radars. 

The F-35 Lightning II website states that “In this “clean” configuration, the F-35 will enter the air battlespace first, clearing the way with air dominance for follow-on legacy coalition forces to operate with relative impunity.” 

Moreover, this jet has access to real-time battlefield information. The real-time events cannot only be seen by the pilot because even the commanders located at sea, air, and land can view them too. Hence, this allows the pilots to defend and protect the jet. It also aids in subduing the attacks and radars of the enemies. 

We’ve seen a lot of powerful jets that are similar to the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. However, this undoubtedly stands out because of its stealth, advanced features, and intelligent systems. 

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