More than 8 million lines of code allow the F-35 to fuse huge amounts of information, giving pilots the ability to make real-time decisions in flight. And like the operating system on your phone, the F-35’s software is easily upgradable.
See through the plane
The F-35’s Helmet Mounted Display Systems give pilots unprecedented situational awareness. For the first time, those in the cockpit can see a 360-degree view through the skin of the plane, as well as mission data projected in the helmet’s visor.
All of the above
True stealth needs to be built from the ground up. For the F-35, that means a top-secret airframe design, advanced sensor integration, and other state-of-the-art features — all of which help maximize its stealth capabilities.
You might not have known that electronic warfare had anything to do with planes, but the F-35’s suite of capabilities enables it to suppress radars and disrupt attacks for optimal survivability.
The Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance, and precisely deliver laser- and GPS-guided weapons.
41 open-wheel race cars
To help the supersonic aircraft hover, the F-35’s auxiliary air inlet doors can open to increase oxygen flow to the engine, which yes, produces as much horsepower as 41 open-wheel race cars.
A data link
The F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link not only lets the aircraft talk to each other without sacrificing stealth, it manages all mission data for the pilots including target files, weather, flight paths, and more.