Accession Number : ADA600231
Title : The Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter: Is STOVL the Way Ahead?
Descriptive Note : Master's thesis
Corporate Author : MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
Personal Author(s) : Bann, Brian W
Report Date : 01 May 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 46
Abstract : The Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant has come under increased scrutiny because it has lagged behind the F-35A and F-35C variants during development test phases. Therefore, the Marine Corps currently faces a significant dilemma on the future direction it will take to support th Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) with fixed-wing Tactical Aircraft (TACAIR). Critics of the F-35B variant propose that the Marine Corps should procure an additional, or alternate, platform to the F-35B. Of the proposed alternatives, no other platform can replicate the diverse STOVL basing options, capabilities of a fifth-generation aircraft, or integration capacity within the MAGTF. A single TACAIR platform with standardized procedures, streamlined maintenance, and the ability to support any MAGTF mission optimizes an asset and maximizes an opportunity for the Marine Corps. Therefore, the Marine Corps should procure solely the F-35B JSF variant, as opposed to augmenting fixed-wing tactical aviation with additional platforms.
Descriptors : *FIGHTER AIRCRAFT , *MARINE CORPS AIRCRAFT , TACTICAL AIRCRAFT , VERTICAL LANDINGS
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE