Joint Strike Fighter


M3 Technology has been an active participant in the Joint Strike Fighter program.  The company has provided key parts and components for the project for multiple prime and subcontractors involved in the design, development, and production of the aircraft.  Intended to serve the US and its allies in a variety of roles, the F-35 will form the back-bone of US military aviation for decades to come.  In 2001, after years of development, demonstration and competition, a team headed by Lockheed Martin secured a contract to produce the aircraft, defeating a competing platform offered by Boeing known as the X-32.

The F-35 will complement existing front line fighters such as the F-22 and F/A-18E/F, along with filling roles currently held by the F-16, A-10, AV-8B, and earlier Hornet variants.  Produced in three distinct variants, the F-35 is versatile and being produced in a Conventional (A), Short-take off and vertical landing (B), and carrier-based designs.  This will allow the aircraft to serve in a variety of roles, meeting the needs and requirements of the US Airforce, Marines, and Navy; along with the demands of international allies and partners.

Similar in general appearance to the more expensive and technically advanced F-22 Raptor, the platform draws on lessons learned in the design and manufacture of that system, and among its many roles, will supplement the Raptor's air-superiority tasking; and will be a match for any enemy aircraft in the sky.  Unlike the F-22, the JSF was engineered as a multi-mission platform from day one, with extensive air-to-ground capabilities as well, including a specialization in the Surface-to-Air Missile battery hunter role .  The F-35B is slated to become the world's first operational, supersonic STOVL fighter to incorporate stealth technologies.

With hundreds of contractors, and multiple international partners involved, the JSF program is a unique enterprise in the history of defense procurement.  Despite several setbacks, the program has continued and is poised to delivery several thousand state of the art aircraft around the world in the coming years, integrating allied nations and services in ways never before attempted.  With a high degree of adaptability, and a focus on long-term relevancy, the F-35 will shape the future of air warfare for decades to come.