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.
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?
has considered builiding its own version of JSF.