During the 90s, Boeing and Lockheed Martin participated in the tender for the assignment of the new fifth generation multi-role fighter, with stealth, Joint Strike Fighter features. Boeing competed in the X-32 prototype and Lockheed Martin presented himself with his XF-35 project. The Boeing X-32 was conceived and developed around the large delta wing in composite material and was characterized by the large air intake under the cockpit. Lockheed Martin's response was the XF-35 which used a lot of technology and many aerodynamic solutions already successfully applied on the F-22 Raptor. For both prototypes, studies were carried out for traditional take-off aircraft and aircraft with STOVL characteristics (short take-off and vertical landing).
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