The F-35 is a worthy successor to its forebears and is single-handedly making the United States’ power projection much more potent.
The F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter jet is hands down one of the most capable planes ever built. Developing all new technology is always a lengthy and costly endeavor, and the F-35 has taken some 27 years to develop.
The F-35 is the most expensive weapon system ever developed by America — which makes it the most expensive in history. But the F-35 has become something of a wiping boy in the media, with so many news outlets claiming it underperforms and should be canceled.
Here are the reasons why the F-35 Lightning II is misunderstood, picked on, and underrated in the media.
8. Jack Of All Trades
The F-35 Lightning II was designed to be a jack of all trades. A single platform for the Marine Corp, the Navy, and the Air Force. This has made it very expensive as perhaps it did bite off too much. But still being the one platform with its three variants, the cost of that needs to be measured up against the cost of building three separate aircraft.
Designing one plane to be able to fulfill all these requirements as well as the vertical take-off and landings for the carriers was a very ambitious undertaking. And it has succeeded in fulling all these capabilities. It was meant to save money on designing three separate aircraft, that part of the planning may have failed, but it is still an extremely capable fighter.