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Lightning II
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Type Stealth Multi-Role Fighter
Seats 1 seat:
  • 1× Pilot
Item capacity Max:
  • 3× Weapons
  • 20× Magazines
Top speed ~ 1,096 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 10,000 m
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× GAU-22 25 mm
  • 2× GBU-12 LGB
  • 2× AIM-9X Sidewinder AA
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 120× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants None
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The F-35 Lightning II is a carrier-based, multi-role fighter jet used exclusively by U.S. Marine aviation wings in ArmA 2.


  • Role:
    • Close air support
« The F-35 Lightning is a single-seat single-engine stealth-capable military multirole strike fighter. It is capable of providing close air support, tactical bombing or air combat missions. The F-35B is the Short-TakeOff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of F-35 prototype. It is armed with two guided bomb units, dual AIM-9 air-to-air guided missile platforms, and with a 25 mm cannon.
Armoury Description


The F-35 is a single-engined stealth fighter that uses a conventional swept wing design and horizontal stabilisers with outwardly canted vertical tails.

By default, the F-35 is armed with a 25 mm cannon that is loaded with 220 rounds of high-explosive (HE) ammunition. The pylons within the internal weapons bay are fitted with two laser guided bombs, and two short-range air-to-air infrared guided missiles.

As a stealthed aircraft, the F-35 uses an internal weapons bay as opposed to external wing-mounted hardpoints on conventional fixed-wing jets. This allows it to maintain a low profile when moving to attack ground and air targets, while also making it difficult to detect electronically.

The F-35 is V/STOL-capable, and can take off and land on almost every flat surface without the need to operate from an airfield.

Taxiing for take off. Note the raised auxiliary fan doors, indicating that the F-35 is in VTOL mode.

However, the F-35 is far less useful compared to the AV-8B or the Su-34 when it comes to providing close air support. It cannot efficiently attack ground targets on its own without ground forces laser marking targets for its LGBs, nor does it possess any air-to-ground anti-tank missiles.

To top it all off, because radar stealth is not actually simulated in ArmA 2, the internal weapons bay configuration and avionic advantages of it being a stealth aircraft are rendered completely useless. In addition, it only carries two short range AA missiles at a time, meaning that the F-35 cannot serve in an air superiority role as well.

Its sole saving grace is that unlike the Su-34 it has V/STOL capability, which it will automatically transition to-and-from while the aircraft remains at subsonic speeds. Although the AV-8B also possesses VTOL capability, it is much more difficult to manoeuvre in VTOL mode compared to the F-35. On the other hand, the F-35's VTOL mode is far less sluggish and allows its pilot to even control the jet like a helicopter.

In all other aspects however, the F-35 is vastly inferior to its conventional and Russian counterparts in virtually every way.

Crew Capacity
The F-35 has a maximum seating capacity of just one. It is unable to transport passengers or additional crew.


The F-35 has a base armour value of 40.


The F-35's hull can only withstand 40 points of damage. Depletion of the hull's integrity will instantly result in a total loss.


The F-35's pilot exclusively controls all of the onboard weapon systems. Aside from the GAU-22 cannon, all ordnance is launched via the F-35's internal weapons bay:


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
56 -0.00062 1,040

25 mm Gatling cannon. Fires HE-based shells useful for Within Visual Range (WVR) dogfights.

It can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 3,300 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 1,040 m/s. The cannon itself has an effective firing range of between 400 and 1,500 metres. Accuracy-wise, the GAU-22 has a dispersion of 0.0024 rad at all ranges.


Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
5,000 N/A

Laser-guided bomb. Can be optionally employed as an unguided gravity bomb instead.

There is a small delay of 0.2 seconds in-between bomb drops. The bombs themselves have a blast radius of 12 metres, and are capable of destroying any ground vehicle in a single hit.

AIM-9X Sidewinder

Damage type Base damage value Maximum speed (m/s)
High-Explosive 200 828

Infrared-guided air-to-air missile. Has a maximum lock-on range of 9,000 metres.

There is a delay of 0.1 seconds in-between missile launches. 30 seconds will be required to reload a fresh batch of missiles at a logistical vehicle (assuming the F-35 has run out). It takes a total of 5 seconds for the missile's motor to reach a top speed of 828 m/s in mid-flight.

The seeker has a 20% chance to lose lock against flare countermeasures. Its warhead has a blast radius of 10 metres.



The F-35 has an integrated Missile Approach Warning System, and will warn the pilot of incoming missiles that are already in mid-flight and are inbound towards it.


The F-35 possesses a Radar Warning Receiver, and will alert the pilot of being locked-onto by radar-based targeting systems.


The F-35 lacks an Infrared Warning Receiver, and will not warn the pilot of being targeted by infrared-based weapon systems.


  • The in-game F-35 is actually based on the "X-35B", a prototype variant of Lockheed Martin's "X-35" V/STOL-capable stealth fighter.
    • The X-35B itself was never designed for military service, as it was only ever meant to be a prototype submitted by Lockheed Martin as their entry for the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter programme.
    • In addition, the appearance of the F-35B in ArmA 2 is highly anachronistic as it would not be certified for IOC (Initial Operational Capability) with the U.S. Marine Corps until 2016, nor would it be integrated into a fully operational combat squadron until 2017.
  • In subsequent updates included as part of the Community Configuration Project (for the Steam release of ArmA 2), the F-35 was refactored to use a GAU-22 cannon as opposed to the GAU-12. This change is largely cosmetic however, with the only real difference resulting in the F-35's ammunition capacity reduced to 220 rounds as opposed to 300.
    • The GAU-22 also has a (barely) higher ROF compared to the GAU-12, though this change is negligible given the GAU-22's lower ammunition count.
  • Along with the MV-22 Osprey and the AV-8B Harrier, the F-35 is one of the only three VTOL-capable aircraft in ArmA 2.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Several early screenshots and videos showed the F-35 in action during the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development, where it was originally known as the F-38 (alternately called the F-35F in some cases).
    • It was later clarified that the F-38/F-35F was only ever meant to be a placeholder used to test the fixed-wing flight model and PhysX interaction with jets in ArmA 3.
      • Despite being a placeholder however, the ArmA 3 F-38/F-35F is shown using a completely new texture with a two-tone grey paint scheme as opposed to the solid light grey scheme of the ArmA 2 F-35B.
      • The F-38/F-35F makes an appearance as a deployable unit with the release of Update 1.11 for ArmA: Mobile Ops, now known as the X35 Jet. Interestingly, the X35 sports a digital camouflage pattern paint scheme and has weapons mounted externally on pylons fitted to its wings. Its overall design also bears a stronger resemblance to the real-world "F-35A" variant.


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See also

Aircraft of comparable role and configuration

Vehicles of ArmA 2
Wheeled 9P117 SCUD-BATVBRDM-2* • BTR-40BTR-60BTR-90BM-21 Grad* • BusCarDingo 2 CZHatchbackHMMWV* • GAZJackal 2 MWMIKKamazLada* • LAV-25Military OffroadMotorcycle* (Old moto) • Mountain bike (Old bike) • MTVR* • Offroad* • Pandur II 8x8 CZPickup* • RM-70S1203SedanStryker (MGS) • SUV (Armored SUV) • T810TractorTouring CarTowing TractorUAZ-469* • Ural* • V3S* • Vodnik
Tracked 2S6M TunguskaAAVP-7A1BMP-2BMP-3BVP-1FV510 WarriorM1 Abrams* (M1A2 TUSK*) • M113M2 BradleyM270 MLRS* • T-34* • T-55T-72* (T-72M4 CZ) • T-90ZSU-23-4*
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-6J Little Bird (AH-6X) • AH-11 WildcatAH-64D* (AH-1) • CH-47F Chinook (Chinook HC4) • Ka-52Ka-60Ka-137Merlin HC3MH-6J Little BirdMi-8MTV-3* (Mi-17*) • Mi-24P (Mi-24D*, Mi-24V*) • UH-1Y (UH-1H) • UH-60 Black Hawk (MH-60S)
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt II* • An-2AV-8B HarrierC-130J Hercules* • F-35 Lightning IIL-159 ALCAL-39ZA (L-39C) • MQ-9 Reaper* • MV-22 OspreyPchela-1TSu-39 (Su-25*) • Su-34
Aquatic CRRCFishing BoatPBXRHIBSmall Boat
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Vehicles (ArmA 2)
Wheeled HMMWVLAV-25MotorcycleMountain bikeMTVRTowing Tractor
Tracked AAVP-7A1M1 Abrams (M1A2 TUSK) • M270 MLRS
Rotor-wing AH-1ZAH-64DUH-1YMH-60S
Fixed-wing A-10 Thunderbolt IIAV-8B HarrierC-130J HerculesF-35 Lightning IIMQ-9 ReaperMV-22 Osprey
(Parenthesis) denote variants.