It starts with a summary of earlier Short Takeoff-Vertical Landing (STOVL
) aircraft designs.
The UK has decided to order up to 150 of the (STOVL
) variant of the JSF in a deal worth some pounds 10 billion.
Boeing's X-32 [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED] and Lockheed-Martin's X-35 [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 2 OMITTED] concepts are scheduled to test the flying qualities of conventional, carrier-approach and STOVL
demonstrators in the year 2000.
(22) Congress insisted from the outset that the JAST program include ongoing efforts by DARPA to develop more advanced STOVL
aircraft, opening the way for UK participation in the program.
In moving our Air Force into the STOL and STOVL
world for CAS, we will look for training efficiencies to be gained by working jointly with the Marine Corps on facility use and course development.
military services, said program officials, should not affect the airplane's estimated unit cost of $37 million for the Air Force version, $47 million for the carrier-based aircraft and $46 million fur the STOVL
The most obvious problem with the STOVL
carrier was the lack of AEW aircraft.
Marines successfully removed and replaced an F-35B Lightning II LiftFan for the first time at sea aboard amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) during the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL
) variant's third and final shipboard developmental test phase in November.
America is capable of carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit, including Marine helicopters, MV-22 Osprey VTOL tiltrotor aircraft and F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) STOVL
They are short take off and vertical landing (STOVL
) planes rather than the carrier version, which are launched and landed using the costly catapult system.
They will carry a variant of the Joint Strike Fighter designed for carrier operation, although not the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL
) version of the JSF originally envisaged, which was a casualty of the defence review.
The new stovl
F-35B will undergo a series of ground tests; the first 'B' had its maiden flight on 11 June and has completed nine missions.