F-35 5th-generation fighter

Why F-35

Durable, low-maintenance stealth technology, using structural fiber mat instead of the high-maintenance coatings of legacy stealth platforms
Integrated avionics and sensor fusion that combine information from off- and on-board sensors to increase the pilot's situational awareness and improve target identification and weapon delivery, and to relay information quickly to other command and control  nodes
High speed data networking including IEEE 1394b and Fibre Channel. (Fibre Channel is also used on Boeing's Super Hornet.)
The Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment (ALGS), Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) and Computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) are to help ensure aircraft uptime with minimal maintenance manpower. The Pentagon has moved to open up the competitive bidding by other companies. This was after Lockheed Martin stated that instead of costing twenty percent less than the F-16 per flight hour, the F-35 would actually cost twelve percent more.

Electro-hydrostatic actuators run by a power-by-wire flight-control system.
A modern and updated flight simulator, which may be used for a greater fraction of pilot training in order to reduce the costly flight hours of the actual aircraft.
Lightweight, powerful Lithium-ion batteries potentially prone to thermal runaway, similar to those that have grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.These are required to provide power to run the control surfaces in an emergency and have been strenuously tested.


 1 × General Dynamics 25 mm (0.984 in) GAU-22/A 4-barrel rotary cannon, internally mounted with 180 rounds
Hardpoints: 6 × external pylons on wings with a capacity of 15,000 lb (6,800 kg)and two internal bays with two pylons with a capacity of 3,000 (1,360 kg) for a total weapons payload of 18,000 lb (8,100 kg) and provisions to carry combinations of:


Mark 84 or Mark 83 or Mark 82 GP bombs
Mk.20 Rockeye II cluster bomb
Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD) capable
Paveway series laser-guided bombs
Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series

B61 mod 12 nuclear bomb

Type Description
Maximum speed Mach 1.6+ (1,200 mph, 1,930 km/h) (tested to Mach 1.61)
Range >1,200 nmi (2,220 km) on internal fuel
Combat radius: 625 nmi (1,158 km) interdiction mission on internal fuel, 760 nmi (1,407 km) for internal air to air configuration
Wing loading 107.7 lb/ft² (526 kg/m²; 745 kg/m² max loaded)
With full fuel 0.87
With 50% fuel 1.07
Maximum g-load 9 g

Type Description
Crew 1
Length 50.5 ft (15.67 m)
Wingspan 35 ft (10.7 m)
Height 14.2 ft (4.33 m)
Wing area 460 ft² (42.7 m²)
Empty weight 29,098 lb (13,199 kg)
Loaded weight 49,540 lb (22,470 kg)
Max. takeoff weight 70,000 lb (31,800 kg)
Internal fuel capacity 18,498 lb (8,382 kg)
Power-plant 1 × Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan
Dry thrust 28,000 lbf (125 kN)
Thrust with afterburner 43,000 lbf (191 kN)

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