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Published on Mar 1, 2013
Role Stealth multirole fighter National origin United States Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics First flight 15 December 2006 Introduction After 2016 Status In initial production and testing, used for training by U.S. Primary users United States Air Force United States Marine Corps United States Navy Royal Air Force Produced 2006--present Number built 63 Unit cost F-35A: US$107 million (sans engine, 5th LRIP) F-35B: US$237.7M (weap. sys. cost, 2012) F-35C: US$236.8M (weap. sys. cost, 2012) Developed from Lockheed Martin X-35
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, fifth generation multirole fighters under development to perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions with stealth capability. The F-35 has three main models; the F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B is a short take off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C is a carrier-based variant.