Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The F-35 Performs Vertical Landing Inching Closer To Full Deployment

The F-35 inches closer to widespread deployment with the US Armed Forces and the US Marines specifically following tests of the VSTOL version of the craft that enable vertical or short take off and landings.

The F-35 would replace the A/V-8 Harrier jets, which were originated in the United Kingdom.

However, full deployment is going to be delayed after announcements made earlier this year. Costs have also more than doubled, which makes is a ripe candidate for further cuts.

The F-35 is supposed to have three variants - an Air Force version, a Navy carrier-based version that will fly beginning later this year, and the Marine Corps VSTOL version. The Air Force version has been in testing since 2006

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