Last month we wrote about the F-35’s destiny of becoming the Allied fighter of the 21st century.
This picture posted by @JimmySky from the F-35 Program Office suggests Lockheed has no illusions about where the success of the new fighter lies (sorry for the glare, but the guy is at work using his iPhone).
The poster shows nine Joint Strike Fighters in formation, painted with flags from Denmark, Canada, Netherlands, Britain, Italy, Turkey, Norway, and the U.S. flying centre.
In the logo below are the words Lethal, Survivable, Supportable, and Affordable. At least three of those seem to be accurate, but the cost estimates of the program continue to rise.
Buyers have a choice of three configurations for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. While all three share 80 per cent of their parts, the variations are:
- F-35A, conventional take off and landing (CTOL) variant.
- F-35B, short-take off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant.
- F-35C, carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant.
Lockheed promises the F-35 will be four times more effective than contemporary fighters in air-to-ground combat, three times more effective in reconnaissance and suppression, with better range, improved support, and equal costs.
Regardless of which configurations allies choose or how long it will take to get them, the F-35 likely has too many countries on board, that have invested too much, to ever let it fail.
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