The technology behind America’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-35, comes not just from the U.S., but also from partners across the globe.

Heralded for its state-of-the-art stealth and connected radar technology, the F-35 is nearly invisible to air defense systems. Even as it cruises at supersonic speeds, its networking technology allows pilots to share real-time information with other pilots and with commanders on the ground.

The F-35 reflects design, manufacturing and engineering collaborations across four continents. Once assembled, the jet includes:

  • Landing gear and targeting systems from Canada
  • Engine parts and turbine blades from Italy
  • A cockpit display from Turkey
  • Aircraft wiring from the Netherlands
  • Life support systems from the United Kingdom
  • Machine parts and gun pods from Denmark
  • Engine shafts for the propulsion system from Norway
  • Advanced engineering and the vertical tail from Australia
  • Computerized helmet from Israel
Helmet (U.S. Air Force/R. Nial Bradshaw)
Data and images from cameras mounted on the outside of the plane are displayed inside the Israeli-made helmet. (U.S. Air Force photo/R. Nial Bradshaw)

The F-35 is “a force multiplier,” General Tod Wolters, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, said at the recent F-35 leadership forum in Germany. “It’s a game changer for missile defense. It does things we’ve never seen before.”