F-35 Lightning II
A F-35 Lightning II in US Army colors
Manufacturer(s) Lockweed Mardin
Generation 3nd Generation
Role Lightweight TSF (F35A/F-35B)
Carrier-based Lightweight TSF (F-35C)
Initial Deployment N/A
Height N/A
Engines Pratts & Witney FE135-PW-600
Armament(s) N/A
Appearance(s) N/A

The latest 3rd generation TSF produced by Lockweed Mardin, the F-35 Lightning II was supposedly developed as a joint project between the US, European Union, and African Union as a technological successor of the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-18 Hornet, and act as the lightweight counterpart to the F-22A Raptor. While the overall capabilities of the F-35 remain unknown, it has been confirmed to posses performance comparable to the EF-2000 Typhoon.

Despite sharing similar capabilities to its cousin the Raptor, the F-35 was designed to be exportable and affordable so it has been technically scaled down to fit this purpose.

米ロックウィード・マーディン社が、欧州連合、アフリカ連合と共に国際共同開発を行っている最新鋭第三世代戦術機。輸出向けベストセラー機であるF-16 の後継として、F-22Aで得られた技術を元に、小型かつ近接戦闘戦能力を重視する機体として開発された。米国は日本帝国の次期戦術機に本機を最も強く推 奨していたが、現時点においても制式機がロールアウトしてない点、カタログ性能に特に優れた点が無い事から、日本帝国での本機の採用は極めて疑問視されて いた。


With the end of the ATSF Plan covering the "Hi" end of the next-generation Hi-Lo Mix concept in 1990, the Joint Strike Tactical Surface Fighter program (JSTSF) was begun in order to develop a next-generation fighter with stealth capabilities to replace the F-16 and F-18, covering the "Lo" end.

In contrast with the US Army's standard improvement requirements (fuzzy), the US Navy and Marine Corps demanded a lightweight, compact 3rd generation TSF that could easily be operated from a warship to succeed the F-18. In order to reduce development costs, the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services decided on the simultaneous development of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps models sharing a mostly common design. The Royal Navy, which desired a next-generation carrier-operated TSF, also participated in this plan. In order to even further reduce development costs and maintain influence over other countries' TSF development, and to form an encirclement around the Eastern Bloc in the transition period from the BETA War to wars between humans, the United States proposed Western Bloc countries to participate in this plan. Incorporating as much as possible the requirements of other nations for a successor to F-16, F-18, and F-5 derivatives operated by those countries, including both versus-human and in-Hive versus-BETA combat, verification of a machine design that could accommodate all these functions commenced.

Two designs, the Boening X-32 and the Lockweed Mardin X-35, were both promoted for the program, and experimental machines for comparison and verification were built. As a result of tests spanning several years, although the X-32 was more advanced and superior in parts commonality between Army and Navy variants, the judgment was in favor of the X-35 with its cost performance and airframe compactness and operational stability. Rights to full-scale development were acquired, the X-numbered experimental craft was given a new standard number, and international joint development began.

The F-35 inherited the versus-human warfare-purpose active and passive high stealth technology from the development of the F-22, as well as high speed cruising capability by means of high output jump unit engines. Though at first there was opposition to this specification in the United States Congress, in the hopes of filling the gap of F-22 deployment not progressing due to procurement numbers being cut many times from the sudden rising cost after the implementation of G-bombs, it was settled with the downgrading of the export specification. (fuzzy)

In addition, to meet the demands of other countries, for the first time in history close quarters combat-purpose Fixed Armaments (Super Carbon Blades) were equipped standard on an American-made TSF, which combined with its high mobility gave all specifications excellent versus-BETA close combat capabilities.

The shape of the almost horizontally arranged Blade Vanes is a balance with its stealth capabilities.

Traditional (trademark? translation fuzzy sounding) Lockweed Mardin compound eyes are the head sensor module main sensor.

Knee armor armaments in the form of the knee container and lower leg region leading edges are Super Carbon Edges. This was requested by the British Army to improve survivability in close combat.

Taking into account Navy and Marine Corps operation, the shoulder armor block large hardpoint doubles as a side thruster. It is capable of operating large-scale armaments such as Missile Container. After providing long-range support it can purge the containers and rush onto the battlefield, shifting to high-mobility tactics making use of the thrusters.

1990年、 次世代の Hi-Lo Mix 構想の 「Hi」 を担う 「ATSF計画」 の終了を受け、「Lo」 を担うF-16、 F-18を将来的に代替するステルス性能を持つ次世代機を開発すべく 「統合打撃戦術機計画(JSTSF)」 がスタートした。

米陸軍のス夕ンダ一ドな更新要求に対し、 米海軍及び海兵隊はF-18の後継として、 艦上での運用が容易で軽量かつコンパクトな第3世代戦術機を求めていた。 そこで米上院軍事委員会は開発コストを軽減すべく、 設計のほとんどを共通化した陸軍型、 海軍型、 海兵隊 型の同時開発を決定。 次世代艦載戦術機を欲していた英海軍も同計画に参加する事となった。 米国は更なる開発費軽減と各国戦術機開発への影響力保持、 加えてBETA大戦後の対人類戦過渡期に於ける東側包囲網を形成するため、 西側各国に同計画への参加を提案。各国で運用されているF-16、F-18、F-5派生機の後継機としての要求を可能な限り取り入れ、 対人戦闘からハイヴ内での対BETA戦闘を含めた、 あらゆる任務に対応できる機体計画案の検証が開始された。

同計画では ボーニング社のX-32と、 ロックウィード・マーデイン社のX-35という2つの計画案が同時に推進され、 比較検証用の実験機が作られた。 数年にわたるテストの結果、陸軍型と海軍型のパーツ共通性、 先進性においてはX-32が勝るものの、 コス卜パフオーマンスや機体のコンパクトさ、運用上の安定性からX-35が有利と判断。本格開発権を取得し、Xナンバーの実験機としては初の制式番号が付 与され、 国際共同開発がスター卜した。

F-22の開発で培われた対人戦用の高いステルス(アクティヴ/パッシヴ) 技術と、大出力跳躍ユニッ卜主機による高速巡航能力は継承されている。当初この仕様には米国議会の反対があったが、G弾の実用化以降、 コストの高騰から調達機数が何度も削減され、一向に配備が進まないF-22の間隙を埋めることを期待され、 輸出仕様をダウングレード化する事で決着した。

また、各国の要望に応え、 アメリカ製戦術機としては史上初めて近接戦用の固定兵装 (スーパーカーボン製ブレード) が標準装備されており、その高い運動性も相まって、 すべての仕様に於いて良好な対BETA近接戦能力を獲得している。


頭部センサーモジユール - メインセンサーはロックウイード・マーデイン伝統の複眼方式。

膝部装甲兵装コンテナ コンテナと下腿部の前縁にはスーパーカーボン工ッジを採用。 近接戦での生存性を高めるため、 英国軍が要望した。

海軍/海兵隊での運用を考慮した肩部装甲ブロック形状大型ハードポイントを兼ねたサイドスラスター。 多目的誘導弾コンテナなどの大型兵装も運用可能。 遠距離支援後はコンテナをパージし戦域に突入、 スラスターを使用した高機動戦術に移行する。


Base specification directed towards participating nations' armies. Relatively inexpensive but possesses stealth capabilities, and with satisfactory close-combat capabilities it has a high overall versus-BETA combat ability base grade. (fuzzy)

計画参加各国陸軍に向けた基本仕様。 ステルス性能を持ちながらも比較的安価であり、 近接戦にも充分対応する総合的な対BETA戦能力が高いべースグレード。


United States Marine Corps and Royal Navy specification. With the premise of operating from motherships and warships, it adopts a horizontally opening cockpit hatch (fuzzy) as well as folding blades and armor blocks to save storage space, and to enable rapid emergency takeoff from and landing on warships, it is designed with enhanced VTOL capabilities (improved Jump Unit engine thrust and the addition of auxiliary thrusters).

米海兵隊・英海軍仕様。母艦、艦船での運用を前提とし、水平開口式コクピットハッチの採用や、収容スぺースを稼ぐためのブレードや装甲ブロックの折りたたみが可能となる他、緊急時の迅速な発着艦を可能とするため、垂直離着陸能力の強化 (跳躍ユニッ卜主機の推力向上と補助スラスターの追加) が図られている。


US Navy specification. Though the basis is similar to the B-type, to suit its main purpose of transoceanic strikes from regular carriers, its cruising range and continuous operating time are extended by means of enlarged propellant and fuel cells, and the airframe's strength and durability are increased in order to withstand catapult takeoffs. Besides this, the design includes additional external weapons hardpoints. These airframe reinforcements indirectly make it the most suitable frame specification for close-range combat. (fuzzy)

米海軍仕様。 基本はB型と同様であるが、 正規空母による渡洋攻撃を運用の主目的とするため、推進剤や燃料電池の大形化による航続距離・連続稼働時間の延長と、 カタパル卜を使用した発艦に耐えるための機体強度と耐久性向上の他、外付け支援兵装用ハードポイン卜の増設が図られている。機体強化の結果、間接やフレームの近接戦適正が最も高い仕様となっている。


As of 2001, all types are continuing operational testing and development in parallel. However, start of deployment has been delayed due to budget cuts as a result of the repeated pushing of the idea that the TSFs are unnecessary (fuzzy). In particular, the F-35C's development has been rough due to its extremely high specification requirements.


Trivia Edit

  • According to the Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse Art Book, the F-35 is most related to the F-16 & the F-16XL both in its design and what data was used to build the prototype.
    • It shares this with the F-22A Raptor.

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