An International Training System
The F-35 Lightning II acquisition program of record calls for Washington to buy an attention-getting 2, 443 aircraft for its Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Three distinct variants of the fifth-generation F-35 will replace the services' legacy combat aircraft: F-35A for Air Force A-10s and F-16s; F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing for Marine Corps F/A-18s and AV-8B Harriers, and F-35C for Navy F/A-18s.
As the US military customer and the industry team accelerate their completion of acquisition milestones, the pace of international activity also continues to quicken.
Photo by Lockheed Martin.