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Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The JSF development was mainly funded by the United States. Joint Strike Fighter is the costliest and most technically challenging weapons program the Pentagon has ever attempted as of 2012.

 

Customers include the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia.

History:

The JSF program was the result of the merger of the Common Affordable Lightweight Fighter (CALF) and Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST) projects.

There were two competitors for the JSF Programme, the Boeing JSF concept and the Lockehhied Martin X-35 JSF Concept.

In 2001 the winner of the competition was going to be the prime contractor for a military airplane construction program to produce an estimated 3,000 airplanes in the decades ahead. The other contender is Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter and Boeing's Joint Strike Fighter.

After a competition between the Boeing X-32 and the Lockheed Martin X-35, a final design was chosen based on the X-35.

On October 26, 2001, the Defense Department selected Lockheed Martin's F-35 as the winner of the competition to manufacture the Joint Strike Fighter.

Australia joined the international Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program in 2002 and at the time they expected to acquire around 100 aircraft to replace its Hornets and F-111s from 2012.

Who do you think should have won the JSF Competition?

What do you think? The Boeing X-32 or X-35 JSF Concept? The winner was Lockeed Martin's X-35.

Did you know?

Russia has considered builiding its own version of JSF.


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