The UK MOD has taken delivery of its first Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, known in UK service as the Lightning II.
The initial Lightning II deliveries will be utilised in the role of Operational Test in the United States.
This 5th Generation STOVL Multi-Role supersonic stealth aircraft will provide the UK with a hugely capable and flexible weapons and sensor platform for decades to come.
Designed to operate from established land bases, austere strips and the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, the Lightning II will join the Typhoon FGR4 in providing the Combat Air component of UK defence from 2018.
The ability to carry a variety of weapons both internally or externally, combined with an advanced sensor suite including the AN/APG-81 AESA Radar, Electro Optical Distributed Aperture System and Electro Optical Targeting System put the UK and Lightning II at the forefront of aircraft and weapon system technology.