The United States (US) stealth fighter plane F-35A is an intriguing piece of technology. This stealth fighter plane is widely regarded as a top-tier piece of American military hardware. Here are four interesting facts about the F-35A fighter Jet.
1. F-35A fighter Jet is The F-16 A-10 Thunderbolt II Fighter Jet Fleet’s Replacement
The US Air Force will replace its outdated F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs with the F-35A fighter jet. It is known that the United States has employed both for over 20 years.
The US Air Force first showed off the F-35A on August 2, 2016. It is a stealth multi-role fighter jet.
The F-35A has a version of the 25mm GAU-12 Equalizer gun with four barrels called the GAU-22/A gun. This jet’s cannon has 182 bullets and is mounted on the inside.
2. F-35A can Dominate the Sky
This cutting-edge plane has a wide range of refinements that give it control of the skies. According to the United States Air Force’s official website, the F-35A can operate in hazardous conditions.
This aircraft can perform conventional takeoffs and landings (CTOL) like a passenger plane.
The F-35A fighter jet’s advanced sensor system can collect, combine, and disseminate more data than any other aircraft in the world or perhaps history.
The DAS, which stands for “electro-optical distributed aperture system,” is the name of the sensor on this fighter jet. It gives the pilot a complete picture of what’s happening around them. This device will help the pilot see better during the day and at night.
3. Do not fly near thunderstorms.
It is well knowledge that F-35A fighter jets cannot operate beyond a distance of 40.2 kilometers (about 25 miles) from a thunderstorm. Not only that, but it is also difficult for this jet to fly anywhere near the electrical activity in the environment.
This flight embargo will impact F-35A training, particularly in the vicinity of Eglin Air Base in Florida, because thunderstorms are common in this area.
4. F-35A fighter jet is less costly than Other Aircraft
Forbes says that the price of this jet is USD 78 million per unit (in 2021). It seems that the price has been much lower than in previous years. But this number is actually better than some of the newest Western planes, like the Rafale and Typhoon, which can cost up to USD 100 million.
On the other hand, the Pentagon plans to buy 2,500 F-35 planes, with 1,763 of them being F-35A planes.