Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Lockheed Martin and its international partners developed the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in three basic versions: the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A, the short take-off/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B and the carrier-variant (CV) F-35C. Since the first F-35A flew in December 2006, the fleet has racked up more than 155,000 flight hours, including more than 17,000 during development testing.

Delivery of production aircraft began in 2011 and the F-35B achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the US Marine Corps in July 2015. The F-35A followed with the USAF in August 2016. The carrier-variant entered service with the US Navy in February 2019. More than 760 have been manufactured since production began in 2006.

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Canada picks F-35 as preferred Hornet fighter replacement

Public Services and Procurement Canada has chosen to take Lockheed Martin's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter into the “finalisation phase” of its plan to procure 88 fighters as replacements for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of CF-18 Hornets

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Why have mirror paint schemes appeared on USAF fighters?

Multiple US military aircraft have appeared recently wearing a highly reflective coating. David Axe digs into the potential reasong behind this

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II: US operators

Dave Allport details the units and bases operating the F-35 (and its variants) across three pillars of the United States Armed Forces

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Germany to buy F-35A stealth fighters in astonishing switch

Germany’s astonishing about-face in defence matters has continued, just weeks after pumping €100bn into the country’s defence budget, with the announced intention to acquire the US-manufactured F-35A fifth generation stealth fighter

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Israeli F-35I Adirs claim first air-to-air combat kill

The Israeli Air Force’s F-35I ‘Adir’ fleet has recorded its first air-to-air combat kill with the claimed shootdown of two Iranian uncrewed aerial vehicles outside of Israeli airspace

US to send F-35s, AH-64s and troops to bolster NATO’s eastern flank

The US announced on February 22 that it will further bolster the defence of NATO’s eastern flank with additional European-based troops, F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

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Funding for second tranche of UK F-35B fighters “held centrally”

The UK Ministry of Defence looks to have partially committed to the acquisition of a second tranche of F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters and additional A400M tactical transport aircraft, following the publication of the latest iteration of the Defence Equipment Plan

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Inside NATO's Neptune Strike 2022 exercise

Neptune Strike 2022 recently took place in and over the Adriatic Sea, Daniele Faccioli and Remo Guidi report on the multi-nation exercise

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SCOOP: Finland to build hundreds of F-35 forward fuselages

Finland will build hundreds of forward fuselages for Lockheed Martin’s global F-35 stealth fighter programme it has emerged, as the Finnish defence authorities inked deals on February 11 to confirm the acquisition of the fighter

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Saab says Finland HX fighter bid was “good offer”

Saab’s CEO has sprung to the defence of the company’s ultimately unsuccessful bid for Finland’s HX Programme, intended to replace the Finnish Air Force’s ageing F/A-18 Hornets