In 1997, the F-35 was selected to become the new multi-role combat aircraft for the United States Air Force , navy and Marine Corps. Different versions for each of the three branches were developed. The US Navy for instance requires an aircraft that can handle rough carrier take-offs and landings, whereas the US Marine Corps need an aircraft that can take off and land vertically.
All versions have one thing in common: they focus on remaining stealthy, which means they are almost invisible to enemy radar. This increases their chances of survivability. The aircraft is fully integrated in today’s digital combat environment and has a very sophisticated sensor package of its own. Several European nations are also participating in the development of this sophisticated aircraft, which is also a candidate to replace the F-16 in the Belgian air force.
At Sanicole, you can discover a mock-up of the aircraft upclose, and talk to representatives of manufacturer Lockheed-Martin to find out why the F-35 would be the ideal choice for the Belgian airforce.
F-35 Lightning II
Country: United States