F-35: The Right Choice for Canada
The F-35A is the best value solution for replacing the CF-18 fleet, and is available today to meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Air Force now and into the future.
Lockheed Martin has a strong partnership with Canadian industry, providing supply chain contracts to more than 1,400 Canadian companies and billions of dollars in awarded contracts across all lines of business.
Canada's participation in the Joint Strike Fighter Program began in 1997, allowing the nation to be a part of the selection of the fighter aircraft that will recapitalize three U.S. fighter fleets as well as numerous allied countries. Domestic industry continues to benefit from the development of the F-35 through the localized establishment of advanced manufacturing technologies. Learn more about the Canadian companies contributing to the F-35 program.
The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variantis a stealthy 5th Generation fighter for the U.S. Air Force and strong allies including the United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Israel and Japan. With air forces across the globe flying the same aircraft, allies can take advantage of advanced fighter technologies and inherent interoperability while leveraging economies of scale to enhance affordability.
The F-35 has the capability required to protect Canada with a mission radius greater than 700 nautical miles in low observable combat configurations and internal fuel capacity of more than 18,500 pounds. When the mission doesn't require low observability, the F-35 can carry more than 18,000 pounds of ordnance in internal weapon bays and on external hard points.
With sophisticated sensors built in, the F-35 maintains a decisive operational advantage without sacrificing low observability with external pods. Embedded network-enabled capability allows information gathered by the sensors to be shared with commanders at sea, in the air or on the ground.