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At Mach 1.6 (1,200mph) โ€“ 1.6 times the speed of sound โ€“ the Lightning II can operate as a long-range, supersonic fighter, even with a full complement of internal weapons and fuel.

How Fast Can the F-35 Fly?ย The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is one of the most capable combat aircraft in service today.

It successfully combines stealth, sensor fusion, and network-enabled operations into a single airframe โ€“ yet, it is built in three variants to replace multiple aircraft including the U.S. Air Force F-16s and A-10s, U.S. Navy F/A-18s, U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers and F/A-18s, and U.K. Harrier GR.7s and Sea Harriers

F-35: Speed and Stealth
The F-35 is powered by a Pratt & Whitney F135, theย most powerful fighter engine in the world.ย It produces 43,000 lbs of thrustย and consists of a three-stage fan, a six-stage compressor, an annular combustor, a single-stage high-pressure turbine, and a two-stage low-pressure turbine.

Theย F135 Enhanced Engine Package (EEP)ย also incorporates next-generation adaptive propulsion technologies that offer increased thrust and fuel efficiency, as well as thermal management capacity.

At Mach 1.6 (1,200mph) โ€“ 1.6 times the speed of sound โ€“ the Lightning II can operate as a long-range, supersonic fighter, even with a full complement of internal weapons and fuel.

A STEALTHY WARBIRD

It isnโ€™t just its speed and sensors thatย setย the F-35 apart. It isย practically invisible.

Low observable, or stealth, features of theย F-35 include an integrated airframe design, use of advanced materials, sophisticated countermeasures, and provision of onboard electronic attack capabilities. The F-35โ€™s aligned edges, and reduced engine signature, while mission systems and sensors are carefully embedded around the airframe. Internal carriage of weapons and fuel along with those embedded sensors all contribute to its unique stealth performance.

The F-35 isย equipped with an advanced jamming systemย that tricks or suppresses hostile radars, both in the air and on the ground. Enemy radars might detect something in the distance, but they canโ€™t track it or target it. In addition, the Lightning IIโ€™s powerful turbofan engine masks and dissipates heat before heat-seeking missiles can home in.

F-35 LIGHTING II: AN ADVANCED AIRCRAFT

The fifth-generation fighter jet isย now produced in three variants.ย The F-35A is the conventional take-off landing version; the F-35B is the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) iteration that can take off and land like a helicopter, making it an excellent choice for expeditionary warfare; while the F-35C is the aircraft carrier version designed to withstand the extreme forces of carrier operations. Both the F-35B and F-35C areย specialized for serviceย aboard amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers.

A multi-role fighter jet, the F-35 can conduct six mission sets effectively: Strategic Attack, Air Superiority, Close Air Support, Electronic Warfare, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Suppression Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), and Destruction Enemy Air Defense (DEAD).

Theย F-35 is actually slower and less maneuverableย than some fourth-generation fighters โ€“ but while slow and steady may win the race, there is also the fact that if you canโ€™t see it, you canโ€™t destroy it. That is where the F-35 will win the day.

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