Raytheon eyes Korean F-16 radar upgrades

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Raytheon is offering its advanced combat radar system to South Korea as the air force opens its competition for radar upgrades to its F-16 aircraft.

Lockheed produces first F-35 for Britain

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The first F-35 fighter produced for an international partner of the jet's development program has been completed, Lockheed Martin announced.
Harris gets avionics follow-on deal

Harris gets avionics follow-on deal

MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Avionics infrastructure components for the F-35 Lightning II fighter are being provided by Florida's Harris Corp.
Lockheed delivers F-35 weapons trainer

Lockheed delivers F-35 weapons trainer

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The first F-35 weapons load training device has been delivered to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida by Lockheed Martin.

Hawk trainers go on display

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Two of the British air force's Hawk advanced jet trainers will be demonstrating their capabilities at U.S. Air Force bases, BAE Systems announced.
Israel gives provisional nod to F-35 deal

Israel gives provisional nod to F-35 deal

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved a $2.7 billion deal for the purchase of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters.

F-35 center wing production begins

MARIETTA, Ga., July 29 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has announced the official start of F-35 Lightning II's center wing production operations in Georgia.

F-35 short takeoff variant hits Mach 1.07

PATUXENT RIVER, Md., June 15 (UPI) -- A short takeoff variant of the stealth F-35 Lightning II flew faster than the speed of sound during a test flight over Maryland, Lockheed Martin announced.

LM, Navy mark first F-35C flight

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 8 (UPI) -- A Lockheed Martin and U.S. Navy team achieve a milestone for the F-35C Lightning II aircraft carrier variant fighter jet after its inaugural flight.

LM names new executives

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 4 (UPI) -- U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin Monday announced the appointment of a new head of its Aeronautics unit and other executive leadership changes.

ATK lands F-35 contract for composites

MINNEAPOLIS, April 27 (UPI) -- Defense contractor Alliant Techsystems announced it received a contract to produce composite components for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.
Lockheed tests latest F-35 Lightning

Lockheed tests latest F-35 Lightning

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 22 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin announced the successful test of the weapons suite on its supersonic stealth F-35 Lightning II aircraft over a U.S. Navy base in Texas.

LM marks milestone with F-35 program

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 8 (UPI) -- U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin reached a milestone for its F-35 Lightning II aircraft program following the program's first sensors equipped test flight.

F-35 demos successful vertical landing

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md., March 19 (UPI) -- U.S. defense company Lockheed Martin said its F-35B Lightning II aircraft successfully completed a vertical landing.

LM selects Sypris for assemblies

TAMPA, Fla., March 5 (UPI) -- Sypris Electronics received a follow-on award to support U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program.
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F-35 Lightning II
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley announces Lightning II as the name selected for the new Lockheed Martin F-35 during the inauguration ceremony at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas on July 7, 2006. (Image photo/Lockheed Martin)

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; one is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the second is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the third is a carrier -based variant.

The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. JSF development is being principally funded by the United States, with the United Kingdom and other partner governments providing additional funding. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 took its first flight on 15 December 2006.

The United States intends to buy a total of 2,443 aircraft for an estimated US$323 billion, making it the most expensive defense program ever. The United States Air Force (USAF) budget data in 2010, along with other sources, projects the F-35 to have a flyaway cost from US$89 million to US$200 million over the planned production of F-35s. Cost estimates have risen to $382 billion for 2,443 aircraft, at an average of $156 million each. The rising program cost estimates have cast doubt on the actual number to be produced for the U.S. In January 2011, the F-35B variant was placed on "probation" for two years because of development issues.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "F-35 Lightning II."
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