The F35-A is notorious for being one of the most expensive projects in military history. This other-worldly fighter jet carries 18,000 pounds of ammunition, is built for both dogfighting and long-range bombing missions, and it is manufactured with the most technologically advanced stealth materials and equipment the world has ever known. The F35-A both takes off and lands on aircraft carriers, making it capable of being sent into any conflict region in the world. To make a long story short, if the aliens from Independence Day were to show up on planet earth today and try to attack us the F35-A is the aircraft America would be sending to bomb them back into outer space.
Well, Lockheed Martin has just released a photo showing the F35-A in all its glory, surrounded by the 18,000 pounds of ammunition the fighter jet is capable of carrying on a mission (via Business Insider):
Lockheed Martin also released an infographic showing the types of ammunition and the various amounts that the F35-A is able to carry into battle, and if that photo above wasn’t proof that this is the most badass fighter jet the world has ever known then take a look at this and you won’t need any more convincing:
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program includes three variant aircraft (the F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C), each designed to meet the specific needs of America’s sister service branches and a number of foreign military buyers such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, South Korea, and Israel.
Lockheed Martin says that each F-35A, also referred to as the C onventional Takeoff and Landing ( CTOL ) jet, costs $108 million (including the engine) and is the most requested of the three aircraft. Thus far, approximately 65 of the anticipated 1,763 F-35A jets have been delivered to the Department of Defense.
The F-35 variants carry a similar arsenal except that the F-35A is the only variant to feature an internal cannon, which is located on the left side of the jet between the cockpit and wing.
Today I learned that it is possible for a human being to have a positive physiological reaction to a fighter jet. Seriously, just reading up on the F35-A has put me in a better mood today. Apparently, the F35-A is my version of Zoloft. Now if you’ll all excuse me I’m going to go watch YouTube videos on the F35-A for the next several hours…
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(h/t Business Insider)