Patuxent River NAS, Maryland – Fighter aircraft designers at Lockheed Martin are preparing to build eight F-35 fighter-bombers for US allies under the terms of a $67.4 million order announced last week.
Officials with the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland — the organization that procures F-35 aviation technology for all military forces — are demanding the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sector in Fort Worth, Texas, for long-term-item production 105 F-35 fighter jets with eight F-35 batches for an unnamed foreign military sales agent.
The F-35 with its advanced capabilities Avionics It is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth multirole all-weather fighter-bomber designed to perform ground attack, air reconnaissance, and air defense missions. It is one of the most advanced combat aircraft in the world.
Other than the US Army, the list of F-35 operators includes Australia; United Kingdom, Belgium. Denmark ; Finland; Italia; Japan; Holland; Norway; Poland; South Korea; Thailand; The United Arab Emirates; Israel; and Singapore.
Long-lasting items are hard to come by and time-consuming, and funded early in the aircraft design process to keep overall production on schedule. Contracts to build the missile will come later.
The F-35 replaces the US F-16, A-10, F/A-18 and AV-8B tactical attack and combat aircraft. Lockheed Martin has been developing the F-35 since 2001.
The single-seat military aircraft, the F-35, has a length of 50.5 feet, a wingspan of 35 feet, and a height of 14 feet. It has a Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan afterburner that can produce up to 43,100 pounds of thrust.
The aircraft can fly at Mach 1.6, at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet, and has a range of 1,200 miles. It has a 25mm Gatling gun and can carry advanced air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, smart bombs and conventional bombs.
F-35 and . avionics sensors Includes Northrop Grumman AN/APG-81 AESA radar; Lockheed Martin AAQ-40 Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS); Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) missile warning system; BAE Systems AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare (EW) Group; The Northrop Grumman AN/ASQ-242 Communications and Navigation System.
In-flight navigation and communications include Harris Corp’s Advanced Multifunctional Data Link (MADL); data link 16 links; single channel terrestrial and aerial radio system (SINCGARS); IFF investigator and transceiver; You have a fast radio. AM, VHF, UHF AM and UHF FM radio systems; GUARD SURVIVAL RADIO; Tactical Aeronautics Radar Altimeter (Takan); Automated landing system for runways and conventional aircraft carriers; Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS); and linking TADIL-J tactical digital information with Joint Variable Message Format (JVMF) communications.
F-35 pilots wear a helmet-mounted screen that enables them simply to look at a target to fire, rather than point the entire aircraft at the target. The pilot’s head orientation provides targeting information to the chief missile seeker.
The fighter aircraft – one of the most expensive military weapons systems in history – is designed to carry out ground attack, aerial reconnaissance and aerial missions. US commanders say they plan to buy 2,457 planes.
The F-35 is intended to provide the bulk of the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps’ tactical manned air power. Delivery of the F-35 to the US Army is scheduled for completion in 2037.
Lockheed Martin and its partners will work on these deals in Fort Worth, Texas; El Segundo and San Diego, California; Wharton, England; Orlando, Florida; Nashua, New Hampshire; Cameri, Italy; Baltimore. and at other locations outside the United States, and should be completed by May 2026.
For more information, contact Lockheed Martin online at www.f35.com or Naval Air Systems Command at www.navair.navy.mil.