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F-35 update

Published: 23 Jan 2014

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), is the world’s most advanced 5th generation multirole fighter. The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy are purchasing F-35 aircraft to replace the Harrier aircraft. The F-35B will provide the UK with advanced technology, stealth capability and interoperability across military forces.

The F-35 Lightning II isn't just a cutting-edge aircraft. It also demonstrates the power of collaboration. Today, a host of United Kingdom companies are playing their part in developing and building this next-generation aircraft and enhancing the UK's ability to compete in the global technology marketplace. The F-35 programme continues to create thousands of jobs throughout the country and contribute to the overall economic development of the UK.

Latest milestones

On 6 December 2013, an F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter aircraft successfully employed a Guided Bomb Unit-32 (GBU-32) Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapon from the F-35B's internal weapons bay against a fixed ground test target completing a successful flight test and verification year for weapons integration. The GBU-32 JDAM is a 1,000 pound "smart" bomb with high accuracy, all-weather, autonomous, conventional bombing capability that is guided by a Global Positioning System (GPS)-aided Inertial Navigation System (INS) to its target upon separation from the jet.

On 13 December 2013, the 100thF-35 was delivered by Lockheed Martin. 

Lockheed Martin You Tube video about F-35B capability. Plus links to four further videos.

US website dedicated to F-35 with dozens of pictures and videos.

Navy aircraft handlers learn to use the Remote control trolley to move 23 ton F-35B jet.


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