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STOVL (short takeoff and vertical landing)

An aircraft with the ability to take off and clear a 50-ft (15 m) obstruction at 1500 ft (450 m) from the beginning of the takeoff run and land vertically with no forward speed.
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Defense pundits specifically have questioned the utility of the STOVL F-35B, and some aviation experts have warned that the Corps should consider alternatives.
Together with the work already completed for slow speed handling and landings, this provides a robust platform to expand the F-35's STOVL capabilities, he added.
The F-35B, which is expected to replace the Marine Corps AV-8B STOVL fighters, F/A-18 strike fighters and EA-6B electronic attack aircraft, will perform a series of short takeoffs, hovers and vertical landings over the course of the next several weeks.
The STOVL Harrier provided a high-performance, offensive air support capability that enabled expeditionary air support from amphibious platforms and austere forward sites.
The STOVL JSF uses a shaft-driven lift fan propulsion system that allows the aircraft to hover and land like a helicopter.
For our A-10s, we're going to take some of our A-10s, the plan is to take some of them, go about re-engining and digitizing the avionics in the A-10 so that it has a good long life and then supplementing those with STOVL versions of the Joint Strike Fighter that we'll buy after the turn of the decade.
7 tons and a maximum continuous speed of 28 knots, the new aircraft carrier will embark a notional air group of 12 AgustaWestland EH-101 helicopters and eight Boeing AV-8B Harrier II Plus STOVL aircraft--or, in the future, the Lockheed Martin F-35B, the dedicated naval version of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B will replace the aging AV-8B Harrier STOVL attack jets (which have also proven increasingly difficult to support) of the US Marine Corps, as well as its F/A-18s.
The UK Royal Navy and Royal Air Force are evaluating the STOVL variant and most other non-US buyers are expected to purchase the CTOL variant.
The US Marine Corps will employ the STOVL JSF, which will be the first operational STOVL aircraft capable of sustained supersonic flight.
The most obvious problem with the STOVL carrier was the lack of AEW aircraft.
Therefore, the Defense Department has set relatively stringent (unit) price goals - $28 million for each Air Force plane, $35 million for an STOVL version, and $38 million for a carrier aircraft.