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F-35 Lightning II

F-35 - Aft and empennage

F-35 - Aft and empennage

F-35 3D video


BAE Systems brings military aircraft expertise that is key to the development and manufacture of the F-35 Lightning II.


Cutting edge in every respect, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is a stealthy, multi-role, all-weather attack aircraft that can operate from land and sea. Everything about the F-35 takes your breath away.

It’s the world's largest single defence programme. It’s also a truly collaborative project. BAE Systems is teamed with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to deliver the F-35 Lightning II.

We are a principal sub-contractor on this programme and bring military aircraft expertise that is critical to the F-35 Lightning II airframe, systems and sustainment.

There are three variants of the F-35, the Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL), the Carrier Variant (CV) and the Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) and we are playing our part in all three.

F-35 Gallery

  • BAE Systems’ F-35 Lead STOVL test pilot Peter ‘Wizzer’ Wilson in front of the F-35 full scale model at Farnborough Air Show.
  • First F-35C Catapult Launch
  • F-35 Escape
  • F-35 AF-7 First Flight
  • F-35 STOVL Ship Trials Day One
  • F-35 AF-6 First Flight
  • F-35B First Landing on USS WASP
  • F-35B Lightning II Carrier Variant
  • F-35 AF-8 First Flight
  • F-35B Lightning II STOVL
  • Manufacturing facility at Samlesbury
  • Left to right: US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta an
  • F-35 Lightning II - Static Testing
  • F-35B Lightning II Machining
  • F-35 STOVL Vertical Landing
  • F-35 BK1 on its first test flight
  • F-35 Lightning II - Peter Wilson after first flight
  • F-35B Lightning II

F-35 Fact Sheet