Lockheed Martin F-35, the Most Sophisticated Fighter Jet

Lockheed Martin F-35
Lockheed Martin F-35

Lockheed Martin F-35 is the fifth generation and the most forward thinkingfighter jet. As the development of X-35 on the Joint Strike Fighter, this is a supersonics fighter jet with single seat and single engine. It is also a multi role fighter jet as dogfight and tactical bombing.This also can be a spy jet to get air information and informit for the ground armies. Its first flight was on 2000 as the demonstrated jet.

So, what makes Lockheed Martin F-35 so sophisticated? There are some skills makes it so advanced in the stealth fighter jet world. Surely, this jet is undetected by the radar and sensor. Whole things relate to F-35 as its shape, internal fuel, and weapon are covered by stealth layer to keep hidden strength of F-35.Being inside, it can be seen the whole things around the jet 360 degree or called as real time virtual reality. It is sent through DAS (distributed aperture system) with high resolution to six cameras around the jet. This smart jet also knows how to fly better than Harrier pilot, so the pilot will not do two tasks as driving and look around, but pilot will only focus on the war. This fighter jet is also completed by suite mission system which keep communication run well. The sensor fusion system is to collect information to create great picture combination in the battlefield.

Inside, Pratt and Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan is utilized as the engines to push up to 43.000 lbf with fuel limit up to 18.480 lb. Then, based on the skilled fighter jet, how much will Lockheed Martin F-35 cost? It has three variants and each variants has its own price. F-35A is banderole around US$46 Million. F35B costs US$62 Million. While, the F-35C has price around US$63 Million.

Country of originUnited States
Entered service2005
Crew1 men
Length15,47 m
Wing span10,05 m
Height5,28 m
Weight (Empty)13 – 14,5 t
Engines1 x pratt& Whitney F135 turbofan
Traction111/177,9 kN
Maximum speed1.931 km/h
Combat Radius800 – 1.100 km
Cannon1 x GAU-22/A 25 mm Cannon
MissilesAIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, JSOW, Brimstone, Meteor
BombsGBU-31/32 JDAM, WCDM, Paveway laser guided bombs, free fall bomb