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Lockheed Martin

F-35 Lightning II

MULTIROLE FIGHTER


Type:
Turbofan airplane

Origin:
Country FlagUnited States
Manufacturer:
2006–present

Updated March 8, 2024
F-35
F-35C - US Navy, Public Domain

General characteristics (4)

  • Role
    Multirole fighter
  • Wing
    Fixed wing
  • Crew
    1
  • ICAO type designator
    F35

Variants (3)

  • F-35A
    Intended for USAF and other air forces. Smallest, lightest version
  • F-35BSTOVL
    Shaft-driven LiftFan® system, sacrifices 1/3 of F-35A's fuel volume
  • F-35CCATOBAR
    Capable of catapult-assisted take-off, barrier arrested recovery operations from carriers

Structural data (8)

  • Length
    F-35A: 51.4 ft (15.7 m)
    F-35B: 51.2 ft (15.6 m)
    F-35C: 51.5 ft (15.7 m)
  • Wingspan
    F-35A/B: 35 ft (10.7 m)
    F-35C: 43 ft (13.1 m)
  • Height
    F-35A: 14.4 ft (4.39 m)
    F-35B: 14.3 ft (4.36 m)
    F-35C: 14.7 ft (4.48 m)
  • Wing area
    F-35A/B: 460 sq ft (42.74 m2)
    F-35C: 668 sq ft (62.06 m2)
  • Aspect ratio
    2.66
  • Wing loading
    F-35A: 107.7lb/ft2 (526 kg/m2) at gross weight
  • Acceleration limits
    F-35A: +9.0g
    F-35B: +7.0g
    F-35C: +7.5g
  • Hardpoints
    4 x internal
    5,700 lb (2,600 kg)
    6 x external (wings)
    15,000 lb (6,800 kg)

Performance (6)

  • Range
    F-35A/C: 1,200 nmi (2,200 km)+
    F-35B: 900 nmi (1,700 km)
  • Combat range
    F-35A/C: 669 nmi (770 mi, 1,239 km)
    F-35B: 505 nmi (935 km)
    interdiction, on internal fuel
  • Fuel capacity
    F-35A: 18,250 lb (8,278 kg)
    F-35B: 13,500 lb (6,123 kg)
    F-35C: 19,750 lb (8,958 kg)
    internal
  • Payload
    F-35A/C: 18,000 lb (8,160 kg)
    F-35B: 15,000 lb (6,800 kg)
  • Service ceiling
    50,000 ft (15,000 m)
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio
    F-35A: 0.87 (full fuel) and 1.07 (50 % fuel)
    F-35B: 0.90 (full fuel) and 1.04 (50 % fuel)
    F-35C: 0.75 (full fuel) and 0.91 (50 % fuel)

Speeds (1)

  • Maximum (normal)
    Mach 1.6 at altitude

Weights (2)

  • MTOW
    F-35A: 65,918 lb (29,900 kg)
    F-35B: Approx. 60,000 lb (27,200 kg)
    F-35C: Approx. 70,000 lb (31,800 kg)
  • OEW
    F-35A: 28,999 lb (13,154 kg)
    F-35B: 32,472 lb (14,729 kg)
    F-35C: 34,581 lb (15,686 kg)

Armament (21)

  • Gun
    1 x GAU-22/A 25 mm (180 rounds)
  • Air-to-Air missiles
    Country FlagAIM-9X Sidewinder
    Country FlagAIM-120 AMRAAM
    Country FlagAIM-132 ASRAAM
    Country FlagAIM-260 JATM (future)
    Country FlagMBDA Meteor (future)
  • Air-to-Ground missiles
    Country FlagAGM-88 AARGM-ER
    Country FlagAGM-158 JASSM
    Country FlagAGM-179 JAGM
    Country FlagSPEAR 3
    Country FlagStand-in Attack Weapon (future)
  • Anti-ship missiles
    Country FlagAGM-158C LRASM
    Country FlagJoint Strike Missile
  • Bombs
    Country FlagJDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
    Country FlagGBU-10 Paveway II
    Country FlagGBU-12 Paveway II
    Country FlagGBU-24 Paveway III
    Country FlagGBU-27 Paveway III
    Country FlagGBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
    Country FlagGBU-53 StormBreaker
    Country FlagB61 nuclear bomb (future)

Systems (5)

  • Radar
    AN/APG-81 AESA
  • Targeting
    AN/AAQ-40 Electro-Optical
  • Other
    AN/AAQ-37 Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System
    AN/ASQ-239 Barracuda ECM Countermeasures system
    AN/ASQ-242 CNI suite

Engine data (17)

  • Model
    F135-PW-100
  • Manufacturer
    Pratt & Whitney
  • National origin
    Country FlagUnited States
  • Engine count
    1
  • Type
    Two-spool, axial flow, augmented turbofan
  • Afterburner
    Yes
  • Length
    220 in (5,590 mm)
  • Diameter
    46 in (1,170 mm) max., 43 in (1,090 mm) at the fan inlet
  • Thrust-to-weight ratio
    7.47:1 military thrust, 11.47:1 augmented
  • Compressor
    3 fan and 6 HP stages
  • Combustors
    Annular
  • Turbine
    2 LP and 1 HP stage
  • Maximum thrust
    28,000 lbf (125 kN) military thrust
    43,000 lbf (191 kN) with afterburner
  • Pressure ratio
    28:1
  • Bypass ratio
    0.57:1
  • Turbine inlet temperature
    3,600 °F (1,980 °C; 2,260 K)
  • Dry weight
    3,750 lb (1,700 kg)

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