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) : Bolkcom, Christopher
Report Date : 17 Feb 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 26
Abstract : The Defense Department's 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 F/A-18E/F fighter/attack 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 fighter/attack 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.
Descriptors : *LIGHTNING , *JET FIGHTERS , *ATTACK AIRCRAFT , DEFENSE SYSTEMS , TACTICAL AIRCRAFT , AIRCRAFT LANDINGS , VERTICAL TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT , INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS , MULTIPLE OPERATION , SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT , VERTICAL LANDINGS , NATIONAL SECURITY , UNITED KINGDOM , CONGRESS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE