Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - UK

The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning fifth-generation combat aircraft will operate alongside the Typhoon. Lightning is a multi-role machine capable of conducting missions including air-to-surface, electronic warfare, intelligence gathering and air-to-air simultaneously.


The aircraft combines advanced sensors and mission systems with low observable technology, or 'stealth', which enables it to operate undetected in hostile airspace. Its integrated sensors, sensor fusion and data linking provide the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness. The pilot is able to share information gathered by the jet with other platforms using secure data links, and/or use the information to employ weapons or electronic means.


At RIAT 2022 an F-35B from 617 Squadron will perform flypasts on Saturday and Sunday.

Photo Credit: Paul Fiddian