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Why Nothing Can Stop the F-35 Stealth Fighter in Any War

BF-17 WDA-315, flight 265. test 386. Flown by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot David "Doc" Nelson. This was the first live fire of a United Kingdom ASRAAM off a USA F-35.

When is a new plane actually three planes? Answer: when it is the F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation fighter that combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility. Three variants of the F-35 will be produced and these are meant to replace the United States Air Force’s A-10 and F-16, the United States Navy’s F/A-18, and the United States Marines Corps F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier.

The single-engine, single-seat plane is unique in that it can also operate as a conventional-takeoff-and-landing (CTOL) variant for the USAF while the Navy version will operate from an aircraft carrier (CV). The United States Marine Corps, along with the UK’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, will utilize an F-35 that can operate as a short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) fighter.

The aircraft was developed, produced and supported by an international team at prime contractor Lockheed Martin, with support from principal partners including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems.

The F-35, which was born out of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, addresses key issues facing the United States military along with those of its allied fighter fleets, which have gotten both smaller and older. The USAF has fewer fighters than it did during the Cold War, while on average many of its current fighter aircraft are twenty-five-years-old.

As a fifth-generation fighter, the F-35 provides advanced stealth along with improved agility and maneuverability, plus better sensor and information fusion, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. This makes the F-35 among the world’s most advanced multi-role fighters flying today. It has a range of 1,200 nautical miles, and can reach speeds of upwards of Mach 1.6 (1,200 mph). It is powered by F135-PW-100 engines that provide 40,000lb. of maximum propulsion.

The stealth, multirole fighter’s armament includes a 25mm GAU-22/A 4-barrel rotary cannon with 180 rounds of ammunition. There are four internal and six external stations on the wings. It can carry a variety of air-to-air missiles, air-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles and bombs. In a “stealth mode” it can infiltrate enemy territory and carry 5,700 pounds of internal ordnance, and in its “beast mode” it can carry up to 22,000 pounds of combined internal and external weapons.



The F-35 features advanced electronic warfare (EW) capabilities that allow the pilots to locate and track enemy forces. In addition, the pilots can jam radars and disrupt threats, while the advanced avionics give the pilot real-time access to battlespace information that includes 360-degree coverage of the tactical environment. In addition, data collected by the fighter’s sensors will be shared with commanders at sea, in the air or on the ground. This provides real-time data on the combat situation, which makes the F-35 a true force multiplier during collation operations.

When it comes to military hardware rarely does a “one-size fits all approach” work, especially across services, but the F-35 could truly be the exception to the rule.


Capt. Andrew “Dojo” Olson, F-35 Demonstration Team pilot and commander performs a weapons bay doors pass during an F-35 Demo practice at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 16, 2019. Throughout the off-season, the F-35 Demo Team has been practicing and refining their new demonstration which will highlight the F-35A Lightning II’s full maneuvering capabilities.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and website. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on



  1. On vacation

    June 27, 2021 at 10:54 am

    It’s a compromised and bloated pig. Cost per hour to maintain is more than 50% plus than what it replaces. The Air Force says it’s too expensive, the Navy Navy reduced orders, so has the Marine Corps. The branches warped the design by insisting on a hover option.

    None of these fools on either side can hit a budget to save their life. It gets exhausting with age to watch this complex churn through money and prevent reform.

  2. Pxthucydides

    June 27, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run. Slow. Delicate: they chose to cool it by flowing its fuel through gits wings- making it a flying bomb for small arms fire. It’s going to be a death trap.
    Your article reads like a vendor press release… is it?

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