Today in this blog, I am going to tell about America’s Fifth Generation Fighter and will know what are the reasons why Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II is seen as a game-changer and a real fifth generation fighter.
You must have often heard that the Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II is a fighter with advanced technology, but unless someone operates it himself as a pilot, then it isn’t easy to understand how much-advanced technology of this fighter is.
The Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II has been developed to replace the fighter whose average age is 25 to 30 years because the older the fighter aircraft is, the more expensive it becomes to operate and the f-35 According to the technology that has been used, in order to complete a mission at present, ten units of any normal fighter aircraft are required, so only half the units off-35 are enough to complete that mission.
The Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, and the 5th Generation Simplified means that the fighter aircraft is built with stealth features, and if f-22 is abandoned, then the current time f There is no other Fifth Generation fighter service other than the -35. Although China and Russia have 5th generation fighters, they are still not as developed as the f-35, nor are they combat proofs.
According to Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II’s Major Technology, it is the next generation of fourth-generation fighter.
Lockheed Martin f-35 lightning II cost
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II provides 5th generation capability – at a price that is competitive with the cost of a 4th generation fighter. In Oct. 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin finalized a $34 billion contract for the production and delivery of 478 F-35s at the lowest aircraft price in program history.
Lockheed Martin f-35 lightning II stealth (low observable technology)
Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II ‘s stealth technology makes it easy for enemies to detect it with the help of their radar or signal, and it’s straightforward that if you can’t see a fighter, you will stop him.
And in today’s combat environment, fourth-generation fighters who carry external fuel tanks, bombs, and sensor boards, it always proves to be a disadvantage for these fighters because they can easily see the enemy radar and hence The fourth-generation fighter’s maximum time is spent defending against enemy missiles rather than completing missions.
And on the other hand, the f-35 which is made with stealth technology, so it is very difficult to see it easily by enemy radars. Hence, it is much easier for an f-35 fighter to strike the enemy than any fourth-generation fighter. And that too without being seen by the enemy.
The stealth technology of the rest of the f-35 fighter can create a much more difficult situation for enemy fighter aircraft because it is difficult to detect a fighter like the f-35 in radar and its powerful sensor used in f-35 fighter enemy. You can direct a fighter from a very long distance before they are seen, which gives this fighter an advantage to strick first, which increases the chances of this fighter as well.
Lockheed Martin f-35 lightning II Radar
Most fourth-generation fighters only have a single transmitter in their radars to scan the area in front of them, mechanically up-down or right-left.
And the same f-35 uses APG 81 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which has 1000 individual transmitter-receivers, and all of them are electronically operated, i.e., this radar is much faster than the normal radar of a fourth-generation fighter. It can operate from this, which greatly increases the detection range and volume of this fighter.
In Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II, this radar is used not only to track the target but also for viewing, mapping, and detecting any moving object on the ground during inclement weather, and it is also known as fighter radar. With the help of, one can also create a picture of a map of the area, which is shared in real-time with other aircraft or their Troops on the ground so that they also know about the future situation.
This feature proves to be much more beneficial in combat situations and especially when the weather conditions are horrible, and nothing is visible.
If this radar sees a target on the ground, the pilot of the f-35 sends its coordinates to its troops, and this radar is so powerful that it can also jam the enemy’s sensors, trying to direct f-35 fighters. Are doing.
Lockheed Martin f-35 lightning II DAS (distributive Apparcha system)
Lockheed Martin f-35 Lightning II ‘s DAS means that the distributive Apparcha system technology is an advanced technology that is currently not available in any aircraft other than this fighter.
This technology has six infrared cameras that are located around the f-35 fighter, and this camera sends the temperature difference of the environment to the pilot of the f-35, i.e., if there is a missile coming towards this fighter, then the pilot of the f-35 Already know.
The most important thing about this technology is that it provides a live image around the aircraft; that is, the pilot of the f-35 has a complete live view of the conditions around his fighter and whenever the pilot needs it. So the pilot can see it on his visor; that is, the pilot of the f-35 can see the world outside the f-35 in the cockpit either day or night.
In most 4th generation fighters, the pilot has to continuously scan multiple displacements in order to track, detect and identify the target and keep all the different information pilots in mind, and the pilot has to keep in mind that Which target is friendly and which enemy.
But in the f-35, all this information is available through onboard and offboard sensors, i.e., the f-35 fighter’s sensors can combine all the information together by itself, and the pilot gets all the information in one display only.
While it is not unique that fourth-generation fighters can also share radar contact information among themselves, but the data-sharing technology in the f-35 has been taken to a completely different level, and multiple f-35 fighters are among themselves. It can talk and share the level of information, and it is very difficult to detect the data link of f-35 fighter by an enemy.
The f-35 can also pass imagery between itself, and at the same time, it can also use the sensor information of other f-35 fighters to correctly detect the location of enemy radar and not just the data, but They can also pass directions to each other and that too without talking on the radio.
At present, only the f-35 is the only multirole stealth fighter present in service, the ability to fuse information from multiple sources at the same time, a radar that is much more advanced than any stander radar and which is not only Direct the target, but also be able to jam the enemy’s sensors as well as a radar that can easily share a large amount of data.
It is all these abilities that make the f-35 fighter a real 5th generation fighter in the present time, and also, it is a warfighter who can survive in the current time, and again, he is ready for the future.
Lockheed Martin f-35 lightning II specifications
|Engine:||One Pratt and Whitney F135-PW-100 turbofan engine|
|Wingspan:||35 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Length:||51 feet (15.7 meters)|
|Height:||14 feet (4.38 meters)|
|Maximum takeoff weight:||70000 pounds|
|Internal fuel capacity:||18.498 pounds|
|Payload:||18000 pounds (8.160 KG)|
|Speed:||Mach 1.6 (1.200 MPH)|
|Range:||More than 1.350 miles with internal fuel (1.200+ nautical miles), unlimited with aerial refueling|
|Ceiling:||Above 50.000 feet (15 KM)|