The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine stealth multirole fighter. It is still in testing and has yet to enter full production. The F-35B (The Marine variant) variant is featured in Battlefield 2, Battlefield Play4Free, and Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand.
The F-35B in Battlefield 2 is the only VSTOL (Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing) fighter jet in the game and one of the four Fixed-Wing aircraft (F-35B, F-18, F-15E, A-10) used by the United States Marine Corps. It has no PLA or MEC counterpart and is only found on the USS Essex (LHD-2)
Compared to other aircraftEdit
The F-35B has the same armament as the F/A-18A and both aircraft are single-seated, but the F-35B has VTOL/STOL capabilities, thus making the F-35B easier to land, but also making it slower and more vulnerable while in hover mode. One hovers by holding the throttle and brake.
The F-35B has the best dogfight capabilities of any aircraft in BF2. Its VTOL ability makes it easy to regain controllable altitudes after going into "high-fly" or "strato" to avoid enemy jets. It also has the best turning capabilities of any jet in the game giving it the ability to outfly other jets just by being able to fly tighter turns.
The F-35B appears on every map with an American amphibious assault ship, and does not appear on any 16-player sized maps due to the lack of any amphibious assault ships.
In Battlefield Play4Free, the F-35 is the USMC's fighter jet. It appears at Oman and Dalian Plant and is usable with the Jet pilot training. The Jet can fire heatseaking missiles at enemy vehicles, including other jets, and drop bombs to destroy infantry and other ground targets with the JDAM bomb training. The F35 also has access to countermeasures to thwart missile lock on, but the cooldown timer for this ability is longer than other vehicles in the game.
The F-35 features VTOL capabilities over its Russian counterpart, the MiG-29.
25mm Equalizer Cannon
|Main weapon damage||
45 per bullet, with no damage drop
Proximity Scan (4200 points)
Stealth (1500 points)
The F-35 was seen in the November 4th Back to Karkand expansion pack trailer, and was confirmed to be one of the 3 new vehicles. Unlike the other jets, the F-35 has hovering capabilites which can be activated by using the throttle-down control, which allows it to function somewhat like a helicopter, but the aircraft is difficult to control during vertical flight.
This problem can be easily countered by ensuring that the jet is flying relatively level when activating VTOL mode, and holding down the throttle-down button. This keeps hover mode activated, and from then onwards attitude/lateral control is performed as if the pilot was flying an attack chopper, albeit without the ascend/descend functionality. However, it cannot hover indefinitely like a chopper. Rather, it always heads in the direction the player is facing. This makes for some problems when flying too low or not level with the ground. The jet is also extremely vulnerable to enemy anti-air in this position. It it vital to be careful not to activate this mode when facing upwards, as you will begin dropping, and because of the viewpoint, you will not be able to see how close to the ground you are. The hover function can be used effectively to attack enemy vehicles, or aircraft that have not taken off, though the plane will become an easy target for Mobile anti aircraft guns and missiles.
The F-35 is a bit trickier to use in a dogfight than the Su-35 Flanker-E, but in the right hands it can be the king of the skies. In the wrong, it is easy meat. The troubles about dogfighting revolve around the aircraft being slightly less maneuverable and that it can activate hover mode at inconvenient times. But its big strength is that its HUD is much closer to the player, consequently giving a much larger aiming reticule for the AAMs, balancing out the inreased obstruction. It also can use VTOL to, at the right time, throw the enemy off or stay behind someone that is holding the brake down, thus providing you with an easy kill.
In the beginning, when B2K was first released, the F35 was easily outmatched by its opponent, the Russian Su-35 Flanker E. However, several changes were made to it in the recent patches. First, its HUD was shrunk. Second, the F-35 now only attempts to hover at low altitulde. Third, its been buffed to meet the Flanker's speed and use although it is still not as manuvaerable as the Su-35 Flanker E.
- In Battlefield 3, the HUD is displayed on the pilot's helmet, instead of the standard glass screen of other rush and conquest jets, resulting in the HUD itself being visible even when looking around. The aiming cross is also in the wrong spot, being fixed in the center of the HUD, meaning that the pilot must use the dot in the center of the circle to aim at its target
- The gun on the F-35B variant is located on an external pod, which is not seen in-game.