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The F-35®B LIGHTNING II® is a single-seat, multi-role fighter designed by Lockheed Martin Corporation. The F-35 version B is a STOVL short-take-off and vertical landing aircraft intended to replace the machines of the United States Marine Corps and those belonging to the British RAF and Royal Navy.
The F-35®B LIGHTNING II® has been in service since 2015 and is capable of performing close support missions, bombing and typical fighter air combat missions. The F-35 is a supersonic aircraft with reduced in-flight detectability, has high reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities in the field of detection, tracking, targeting and jamming.
The missile armament consists of up to 6 AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-9X Sidewinder or AIM-132 ASRAAM missiles in internal ammunition chambers or two air-to-air missiles and two 455 kg bombs. Weapons for destroying ground targets can be JSOW or GBU-39 SDB bombs (4 in each bomb chamber), Brimstone anti-tank missiles, cluster bombs or AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles. At the cost of losing stealth property, it is possible to suspend the armament up to four under-wing pylons and two at the ends of the wings (for AIM-9).
The aircraft project is jointly financed by the governments of the United States, Great Britain and other countries interested in purchasing the aircraft. The F-35®B LIGHTNING II® was built under the direction of Lockheed Martin in collaboration with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman.
Model dimensions (L x W x H): 32.5 cm (12.8") x 21.5 cm (8.5") 10 cm (3.9").