The underside of an F-35C is seen here during a test flight.
Though the F-35 comes in three variants, specialized for unique use cases, systems-commonality is the key to affordability, says the Pentagon.
These common systems enhance maintenance, field support, and service interoperability. The Joint Strike Fighter is also designed to integrate new technologies during its entire life-cycle.
February 23, 2013 3:55 AM PST
Photo by: Andy Wolfe
| Caption by: James Martin
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