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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-engine, single-seat fighter bomber. It's prototype was called the X-35 and beat the X-32 in the Joint Strike Fighter competition (JSF). The United States plans to buy a total of 2,443 planes.

Variants

There are three main variants of it: F-35A is the USAF version that defers from other variants with a built-in cannon and being a conventional aircraft, F-35B is the USMC Short Takeoff Or Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant and will carry two 1,000 LBS JDAMS rather than 2,000 LBS JDAMS, and the F-35C is the USN version that is capable of taking off of carrier decks.

Engines

The engines of the F-35 are F135s. The F135 currently has the world record for the most powerful jet engine with its 40,000 pounds of thrust, but therefore the JSF has only one of it. The F136 is a competitor engine that may end up being used later on. This strategy helped out with both the F-16 and the F-15.

Stealth

The F-35's stealth is relatively close to the PAK-FAs and J-20s, the F-22 is a way more stealthy. The F-35 approximately the size of a golf ball on radar whereas the F-22 is the size of a marble on radar. The F-22 also has a smaller infared signature than the F-35.

Arament

The F-35 has four internal pylons capable of carrying Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), and AIM-120 AMRAAMS. The F-35 also has six external pylons and its two wingtip pylons capable of only carrying the AIM-9 Sidewinder.

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