The F-35, or Joint Strike Fighter, is an advanced air system designed to replace older fighter aircraft used by the United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corp. This state-of-the-art system must follow strict requirements but has always been designed under the direction of four pillars. The F-35 must be affordable, lethal, survivable and supportable.
Designed and manufactured in three different versions, the F-35 is able to meet a wide variety of needs, making it one of the most progressive and lethal fighter forces of its kind. These three different versions include:
- Conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL)
- Short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL)
- Aircraft-carrying (CV)
All versions are designed with many essential elements unique to the F-35. A few of these necessary components include the aircraft’s propulsion system, avionics suite, weapons system and advanced flight control system. These pieces and many more are what make the F-35 a breakthrough, next-generation aircraft.
The F-35 is one of the premier aircraft tested at Edwards Air Force Test Center. It’s just another one of the advanced military technologies that our flight test engineers get to work on every day.