Accession Number:

ADA439485

Title:

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

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FORT BELVOIR VA DAVID D ACKER LIBRARY AND KNOWLEDGEREPOSITORY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-08-29

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

The Defense Departments F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF is one of three aircraft programs at the center of current debate over tactical aviation, the others being the Air Force FA-22 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 jointservice and multi-role fighterattack plane. On October 26, 2001, the Lockheed Martin team was selected to develop further and to produce a family of conventional take-off and landing CTOL, carrier-capable CV, and short take-off vertical landing STOVL aircraft for the U. S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and the U. K. Royal Navy as well as other allied services. Originally designated the Joint Advanced Strike Technology JAST program, the JSF program is a major issue in Congress because of concerns about its cost and budgetary impact, effects on the defense industrial base, and implications for U.S. national security in the early 21st century.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • VSTOL
  • Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE