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F-35B Lightning II "Beast Mode" 169608, VMFA-211, US Marines, HMS Queen Elizabeth, "Op. FORTIS" 2021
The Lockheed F-35 is an advanced stealth fifth generation fighter combining speed and superb agility. There are three variants; F-35A, B and C. The F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) and has four internal weapons stations in two weapons bays plus three optional external weapons stations. The F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) variant while the F-35C is a CV (Carrier Variant). The F-35 will replace the USAF A-10 and F-16, the F/A-18 for the USN and the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the USMC.
The Japan Air Self Defense force Air Development and Test Wing is located at Gifu AB and is responsible for the testing and accrediting new aircraft and technology. As part of the program F-35B 49-8751 was sent to the ADTW to be used in their studies. The JASDF initially ordered 42 F-35As and later an additional order for 105 F-35s. There will be 63 more F-35As and 42 F-35Bs. The F-35Bs will be deployed on the JS Izumo and JS Kaga when these ships have been overhauled to accommodate the Lightning II.