What makes the F-35 special?

What makes the F-35 special?
What makes the F-35 special?

What makes the F-35 special?

The supersonic, multi-role F-35 aircraft offers a quantum leap in air dominance capability guaranteeing pilots enhanced lethality and survivability in hostile, anti-access airspace environments.

Beside its individual technologies, weapons, sensors and C4ISR systems, the F-35 is widely appreciated for its multi-role capabilities, being capable to perform a wide range of different missions from close-air support and air-to-ground attack to air-to-air engagements and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISTAR).

The F-35 has been designed to combines 5th Generation fighter aircraft featured like advanced stealth, integrated avionics, sensor fusion and superior logistics support, with the most comprehensive integrated sensor and C4ISR systems.

The F-35 is designed with the battlespace in mind. Its advanced stealth allows pilots to operate in hostile environments without being detected by radars. The stealth system makes it much easier for pilots to locate, track and destroy enemy targets across a wide range of combat circumstances.

With its data-link’s network interoperability, F-35 pilots can talk to each other and talk to fourth-generation aircraft as well.

The aircraft’s Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) combines forward-looking infrared (IR) search and track sensor technology to allow pilots to acquire targets before attacking with laser and GPS-guided precision weapons. The EOTs system is designed to work in tandem with a Distributed Aperture System (DAS) technology – a collection of six cameras strategically mounted around the aircraft – to provide the pilot a 360-degree view. The DAS also guarantees a precision tracking, fire control capabilities and the ability to warn the pilot of an approaching threat or missile.

The F35 also features an advanced on-board data systems compiling information on geography, air space and potential threats. The mission data packages are usually loaded with a wide range of data and intel to include commercial airliner information and specifics on Russian and Chinese fighter jets.

The aircraft is also built with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar which can track a host of electromagnetic (EW) signals, including returns from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).

The F-35 has eleven weapons stations with seven external weapons stations for bombs or fuel.

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Neal Path

Neal Path is a reporter covering international affairs and defense news. He leads a team of specialist technical journalists and defense forecasting analysts, working across a range of online products. Neal Path is a defense technology specialist and has written widely on most areas of defense technology, but his particular areas of interest include missile defense, precision weapons, naval warfare, sensor capabilities and military operations.
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