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F-35A CTOL

Delivering Advanced Technology Through Enduring Partnerships

Lockheed Martin has been a partner of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 50 years. In 2009, the Australian Government announced its selection of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A 'Lightning II', to replace its classic 'Hornet' fighter fleet. Eventually, some 100 fifth generation F-35As will transition the RAAF into a next generation net-centric fighter force that is capable of assuring the nation's territorial integrity and national security. The F-35A's unmatched processing power, open architecture, powerful sensors, information fusion and flexible communication links make it the right choice for Australia. The aircraft's reliability and maintainability also assure its ongoing affordability, which will underpin the F-35As viability as an effective fighter aircraft for years to come.

Industrial Participation

Previous supplier partnerships between the RAAF and Lockheed Martin have successfully demonstrated the potential of Australian industry to position for work on future military programs. The F-35A will not only provide military strength for the RAAF – its longevity will also generate continuing opportunities for the Air Force to work with local industry, both in support of Australia's new air combat capability, and through exports of components and services to other Joint Strike Fighter program partners.

  SPECIFICATIONS
   
  Length 51.4 ft/
15.7 m
  Height 14.4 ft/
4.38 m
  Speed
(full internal
weapons load)
Mach 1.6
(~1,200 mph)
  Wingspan 35 ft/
10.7 m
  Wing area 460 ft2/
42.7 m2
  Horizontal
tail span
22.5 ft/
6.86 m
  Combat radius
(internal fuel)
>590 n. mi/
1,093 km
  Range
(internal fuel)
>1,200 n. mi/
2,200 km
  Internal fuel
capacity
18,250 lb/
8,278 kg
  Weight empty
29,300 lb
  Maximum weight 70,000 lb
class
  Max g-rating 9.0
  Weapons payload 18,000 lb/
8,160 kg
  Standard internal
weapons load
  • 25 mm
    GAU-22/A
    cannon
  • Two
    AIM-120C
    air-to-air
    missiles
  • Two 2,000-lb
    GBU-31
    JDAM
    guided
    bombs