Eye-popping price tag of world’s priciest advanced fighter jet F-35

The price of the most expensive fighter jet will blow your mind.

  • Lockheed Martin has created the F-35 Lightening II
  • Aside from its impressive capabilities, it has an eye-popping price tag
  • They cost a staggering $177 million each.

Published on Mar 15, 2024 at 8:27PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Mar 18, 2024 at 1:28PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain

Lockheed Martin, home of cutting-edge aviation technology, has created the F-35 Lightening II – and aside from its impressive capabilities, its eye-popping price tag has everyone talking.

The military aircraft are estimated to cost a staggering $177 million each.

And, with the the F-35 Lightening II widely regarded as the world’s priciest advanced fighter jet, it makes sense.

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How can they justify the cost? Let’s break down what this baby can do.

Designed as a versatile combat aircraft, the F-35 is intended to excel in a variety of missions.

These range from air superiority to intelligence gathering, surveillance, and literally anything you want from a fighter jet.

It’s no wonder that the aircraft has gathered attention from militaries around the world, with the USA, Australia, Canada, and several other countries investing heavily in its procurement and development.

The F-35 family consists of three main variants: the F-35A, F-35B and F-35C.

While all the three variants cost a fortune, F-35B in particular is the most expensive one, aiding the pilot with quick takeoff and a smooth vertical landing.

With numerous successes – and criticisms – F-35 has seen a lot throughout its journey.

Since development, the fighter jet has undergone extensive changes and testing, and the first prototype took its maiden flight in 2006.

While F-35’s hefty price tag has somewhat divided opinion, its advanced capabilities arguably justify the price.

It offers sensor fusion technology, stealth features, over the top speed, durability, and a host of battle supporting features

The fighter jet continues to push the boundaries of aviation technology and shape the future of aerial warfare.

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