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14 Jul 2008 | Ref. FI010/2008

Farnborough, UK – Engineers at BAE Systems, a major partner in the F35 Lightning II fighter programme, have successfully simulated the aircraft performing a shipborne rolling vertical landing manoeuvre (SRVL) to the deck of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier (CVF) using the BAE Systems simulation facility at its Warton site in North West of England. This represents a world first with the integration of the F-35 and CVF synthetic models.

The Company, which pioneered short take off and vertical landing technology, a key capability of the F35 Lightning II, is working with the UK MoD to support integration of the aircraft with the carrier ahead of entry into service.

This work aims to develop the capability of the short take off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II, the UK replacement aircraft for the Harrier, and has been identified as a significant step forward to enhancing the capabilities of the UK armed forces in the future.

The SRVL manoeuvre is a development of a land based technique used currently by the Harrier aircraft and involves the aircraft landing on the carrier with a low-speed approach instead of vertically. This enables STOVL aircraft to land with heavier a payload. BAE Systems has successfully tested this technique at its dedicated flight simulation facility at Warton.

Mick Ord, F-35 Lightning II Managing Director said: “This is a significant achievement for the F-35 Lightning II programme. I am excited by this new development; the F-35 STOVL variant will be the most advanced STOVL aircraft in the world and will enhance the capabilities for the men and women of our armed forces.

“BAE Systems has a rich heritage in STOVL technology and this capability demonstrates the world leading position BAE Systems continues to have.”

Three versions of the F-35 Lightning II are planned: a conventional take-off and landing (CTOL), a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) and a carrier variant (CV). Each is derived from a common design, and will ensure that the F-35 JSF meets the performance needs of the US Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and allied defence forces worldwide, while staying within strict affordability targets.

BAE Systems Inc in the US also brings key capabilities to the F-35 programme and delivers significant elements of the programme including electronic warfare, advanced low observable apertures, advanced countermeasure systems, vehicle management computer and active inceptor systems.

The F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), will be the world’s first and only stealthy, supersonic, multi-role fighter. The F-35 is being developed for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to replace the AV-8B Harrier, A-10, F-16 and the F/A-18 Hornet and for the UK’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy to replace the Harrier GR9 and Sea Harrier.

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With 97,500 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded £15.7 billion (US$ $31.4 billion) in 2007.

For more information, please contact
Dean Tasker, BAE Systems
Tel: +44- (0)1772 856311 Mob: +44-(0)7793 420 019

John Neilson, BAE Systems
Tel: + 44 (0) 1252 384795 Mob: + 44 (0)7802 337704

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