View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. MarketData
June 16, 2009

First F-35 Flight Test Aircraft with Radar Signature Unveiled

The first dedicated flight test F-35 aircraft with production representative very-low observable airframe structure and coatings has been rolled out by Lockheed Martin. The F-35, a supersonic, multirole, fifth-generation stealth fighter, will serve the US Air Force, UK forces and seven

By cms admin

The first dedicated flight test F-35 aircraft with production representative very-low observable airframe structure and coatings has been rolled out by Lockheed Martin.

The F-35, a supersonic, multirole, fifth-generation stealth fighter, will serve the US Air Force, UK forces and seven other nations.

Lockheed Martin vice president of F-35 development JD McFarlan said that the F-35 highly accurate low-observable (HALO) radar pole model is fully representative of the F-35’s radar signature and will help in validating the fighter’s radar-evading properties.

“The aircraft will be used in tests that provide data about the radar-signature characteristics of the F-35 aircraft family,” he said.

The model will be initially tested at a radio frequency-secure building to acquire data on the aircraft’s stealth performance. The model will then be tested at a remote site atop a pole in open air.

The United States Department of Defense recently ordered 17 of the fighters in the third lot of low-rate initial production. Initial deliveries to the USAF will begin in 2010.

The US and the other eight partner nations plan to acquire 3,173 F-35 fighters under the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter programme.

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU