F-35 Life Cycle
5th Generation Technology at Every Stage
The F-35 brings advanced technology to every stage of the aircraft life cycle. From production techniques to testing methodologies and from pilot and maintainer training to sustaining the global fleet, the Lightning II is the culmination of decades of experience in fighter technology.
With components from global aerospace and defense industry leaders and a common production line for all three variants, the F-35 is the first international 5th Generation fighter. Production costs are declining and will continue to do so as the ramp rate increases to full rate production.
Underpinning the F-35’s unrivaled capabilities is more than 8 million lines of software code – more than four times the amount of the world’s first 5th Generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor.
As a single seat fighter, the F-35 relies on advanced training techniques to prepare pilots for first flight. Three training centers across the United States host the latest courseware, electronic classrooms, simulators, flight events and event-based maintenance training.