Here's the most expensive weapons system ever and all of its ammunition in one photo

Earlier this month the US Air Force told Reuters that America’s most expensive weapons system ever built is on track for “initial combat use” by September 2016.

Designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin’s massive production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, the
F-35 Lightning II can carry an impressive 18,000 pounds of lethal ammunition.

Below is a photo of the F-35A (one of the three F-35 variant aircrafts) and its weapons suite:

F35 weaponsMatt Short/Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin’s F-35A aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Lockheed’s F-35 program includes three variant aircrafts (the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C), each designed to meet the specific needs of America’s sister service branches and a number of foreign military buyers like the United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, South Korea, and Israel.

Lockheed says that each F-35A jet, also referred to as the Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL), costs $US103 million (not including engine) and is the most requested of the three aircrafts.
Thus far, approximately 65 of the anticipated 1,763 F-35A jets have been delivered to the Department of Defence.

The F-35’s carry a similar arsenal except that the F-35A is the only variant to feature an internal cannon, which is located on the left side of the jet between the cockpit and wing.

Here’s an infographic of the weapons the jets are designed to carry:

F35 weapons ctol

Courtesy of Lockheed Martin/US Air Force

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