LOCKHEED MARTIN UNVEILS “BEAST MODE” F-35 CONFIGURATION

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Senior Airman Steven Dipani, Airman First Class Mathew Core and Staff Sgt. Frank Anderson from the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Hill Air Force Base, Utah reenact the recovery of an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 28, 2017. They were participating in the filming of a new mission video highlighting total force integration of active duty and Reserve Airmen stationed at Hill.

In stealth mode, the F-35 can carry 5,700 pounds of internal ordnance. Once air dominance is established, the F-35 converts to beast mode, carrying up to 22,000 pounds of combined internal and external weapons

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Known for its stealthy characteristics, the F-35 is a multirole platform that can adapt to any task it’s called on to complete.

And according to Lockheed Martin when it comes to the extensive combat campaigns the U.S. and its allies face, the F-35 has an asymmetric advantage over 4th Generation aircraft.

The F-35, in fact, can enter the battlespace on day one of the campaign, clearing the threats in the air and on the ground, and provide critical intelligence to commanders back at base or at sea. But it’s not just day one that counts.

The F-35 can reconfigure to carry the right combination of weapons to return any day of the battle it’s needed — in stealth mode or full beast mode. It’s built for the long haul — whatever it’s hauling. From providing critical intelligence to defeating threats with a powerful air-to-air and air-to-ground payload, the F-35 has the range and flexibility to win, again and again.Image result for LOCKHEED MARTIN UNVEILS “BEAST MODE” F-35 CONFIGURATIONSince evolving threats make air superiority more important than ever, only the F-35 can provide the U.S. and allied forces around the world with the strength needed to defeat threats while maintaining unmatched situational awareness.Image result for LOCKHEED MARTIN UNVEILS “BEAST MODE” F-35 CONFIGURATIONIn stealth mode, the F-35 can infiltrate enemy territory that other fighters can’t, carrying 5,700 pounds of internal ordnance. Once air dominance is established, the F-35 converts to beast mode, carrying up to 22,000 pounds of combined internal and external weapons, to return to the battle to finish the fight.Image result for LOCKHEED MARTIN UNVEILS “BEAST MODE” F-35 CONFIGURATION

The F-35 Lightning II, which is the result of the JSF program, has been originally designed to replace aging fighter inventories including U.S. Air Force F-16s and A-10s, U.S. Navy F/A-18s, U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers and F/A-18s, and U.K. Tornados, Harrier GR.7s, and Sea Harriers. Three Joint Strike Fighter variants have been developed to fulfill this difficult task: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant.Image result for LOCKHEED MARTIN UNVEILS “BEAST MODE” F-35 CONFIGURATION

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