The US Air Force wants to get rid of its F-35 stealth fighter jet. Charles Brown Jr., chief of the US Airforce, said we need a light, inexpensive fighter jet to replace the Cold War-era F-16 fighter plane. It will also be able to replace expensive and unreliable stealth fighters with complex technology.
He said that all new upcoming fighter jets will be equipped with the technology of about fifth generation aircraft. Over the past few years, various defense experts around the world have questioned the reliability of the United States’ F-35 and F-22 fighter jets. This statement by the head of the US Air Force calls into question the usefulness of this stealth fighter, considered to be the most modern in the world.
It is a basically 5th Generation, Single engine, Stealth, multi-role air superiority fighter Aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of United States of America. Lockheed Martin Aeronauticscompany was being founded by Allan Lockheed and Malcolm Lockheed who merged with Martin Mariettain 1995.
Its Headquarter is at Fort Worth, Texas, United States.This company’s Parent is Lockheed Corporation which was founded in 1926.
Its model and body are designed by Northrop Grumman. It is built by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Its First official flight was being conducted on 15 December 2006. Total three models of this Aircraft have been developed. They all were finally introduced in U.S Air Force on31 July 2015(F-35B), 2 August 2016(F-35A) and 28 February 2019(F-35C).
Today F 35 Jet is being used by US Air Force, US Navy, Royal Air Force, Japan Air Force, Australia Air Force, Belgium Air Force, Israel Air Force, South Korea Air Force, Turkey Air Force, Singapore Air Force, Poland Air Force, Norway Air Force, Netherlands Air Force, Denmark Air Force.
Its Production was started in 2006 after its final testing in the same year. Till today total 560+ F 35 aircraft has been built. Its unit cost is between the US $ 77 – 101 million for different variants.
This aircraft is designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin. F-35 is a single-engine, 5th generation, stealth, fighter aircraft. It is a medium-weight aircraft with weight 13,290 kg. It is has a medium size. Its length is 15.7 meter, width is 11 meter and height is 4.4 meter. It could carry a weapon load of 9,181 kg and cruise with a speed of Mach 1.6. It has a range of 1,500 kilometres. It has a total of 10 hardpoints to carry missiles and rockets. There is a total of 560 F-35 Raptor built till today.
|Country of Origin||U.S.A|
|Length/Width/Height||15.7 m/11 m/4.4 m|
|Weapon load||9,181 kg|
|Fire Range||1,500 km|
|Hardpoints||10(4 internal, 6 external)|
|Primary Users||Japan, Australia, Belgium, Israel, South Korea, Turkey, Singapore, |
Poland, Norway, Netherlands, Denmark, U.K, U.S.A.
|Number of Planes built||560|
F 35 INDIA
Lockheed Martin is not willing to sell its F 35 or F 22 to India but rather they want to sell their old F-18, F-15 and F-21. They stated that India can’t handle a 5th generation Aircraft directly after using Su 30 i.e. a 4th generation Aircraft. So to purchase American 5th generation Aircraft first India has to buy their 4.5th generation Aircraft.
F 35 vs Su 35
Su 35 is a Super manoeuvrable multirole, stealth Fighter but F 35 is a Stealth multirole Fighter. Both are 5th Generation Fighter Aircraft.
F 35 has better Avionics and Radar but Su 35 has better Maneuverable technology. Fire range and Speed both are greater in Su 35 but F 35 is economical and need less maintenance.
Su 35 can carry more payloads as it has 12 pods whereas F35 have only 10 pods. F-35 is smaller and lighter in weight than Su 35. So, we can say that Su 35 is better than F 35 in Physical features but due to a better Stealth fighter F-35 can dominate in performance.
F 35 vs Rafale
F 35 fighter Jets is a 5th generation Stealth Aircraft Whereas Rafaleis a 4.5th generation Aircraft. F 35 has better arms and avionics, better in Dog fights and Close Combats Whereas Rafale has greater speed and greater Range than F35.
F 35 is Stealth Fighter i.e., cannot be caught by Radar but Rafale are Cheaper and have better fuel economy and better BVR.
F 35 has very complex technology whereas Rafale has simple tech.Both have better handling and better manoeuvre. F 35 and Rafale both have 10 Hardpoints each to carry weapons.
F 35 vs F 22
F 35 fighter Jets is a 5th generation Single engine Stealth Aircraft Whereas F 22is a 5th generation Double engine Stealth Aircraft. F 35 is better in Dog fights and Close combats whereas F 22 has better arms and avionics.F 22 has greater speed and greater Range than F35.
Both F 35 and F 22 is Stealth Fighter i.e., cannot be caught by Radar but F 22 are bigger in size and also have more Speed and more Fire Range. F 35 is Cheaper and has better fuel economy and better BVR.F 35 has better handling and better manoeuvre.
F 35 and F 22 both have 10 Hardpoints each but F 22 can carry more Payloads.
MiG 35 vs F 35
Mig 35 is an Interceptor, Stealth and multirole Fighter but F 35 is a Stealth multirole Fighter. Both are 5th Generation Fighter Aircrafts.
F 35 has better Avionics and Radar but Mig 35 has better Maneuverable technology. Fire range and Speed both are greater in Mig 35 but F 35 is economical and need less maintenance.
Mig 35 can carry more payloads as it has 12 pods whereas F35 have only 10 pods. F 35 is smaller and lighter in weight than Mig 35. So, we can say that Mig 35 is better than F 35 in Physical features but due to better Stealth feature fighter, F 35 can dominate in performance.