Accession Number:

ADA494859

Title:

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background, Status, and Issues

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-02-17

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

The Defense Departments F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter JSF is one of three aircraft modernization programs in tactical aviation, the others being the Air Force F-22A fighter and the Navy FA-18EF fighterattack plane. In November 1996, the Defense Department selected two major aerospace companies, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to demonstrate competing designs for the JSF, a joint-service and multi-role fighterattack plane. Lockheed Martin won this competition and was selected to develop and produce the JSF, a family of aircraft including conventional takeoff and landing CTOL, carrier-capable CV, and short take-off vertical landing STOVL versions for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, the United Kingdom, as well as other allied services. Originally designated the Joint Advanced Strike Technology JAST program, the JSF program has attracted considerable attention in Congress because of concerns about its cost, effects on the defense industrial base, and implications for U.S. national security in the 21st century.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE