F-35 Lightning II is known for its stealthy
profile. But there is another side to it in which it
can pack more weapons and is popularly known as Beast Mode. In this mode, the F-35 can carry up to 4 times
payload when compared to its normal mode. This mode makes the F 35 a completely different
adversary to deal with for a rival and could be used in certain scenarios. Beast Mode adds a lot of tactical flexibility
to the nations which are deploying the F 35s In this video Defense Updates analyzes the
deployment of F35 in Beast Mode in HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft carrier. Let’s get started. This video is sponsored by the free-to-play
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ship and three days of premium account time as a bonus. American made British F 35s have taken off
and landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the first time recently. The tests are part of ‘Westlant 19’ and the
aim of the trail is to make sure that the F 35s work with HMS Queen Elizabeth. The idea is to have an ‘end to end’ testing
to ascertain that the two platforms are properly integrated and F35s can be deployed from the
HMS Queen Elizabeth seamlessly going forward. The tests involve mission planning, using
automated weapon handling system of the carrier to load weapons, undertaking aerial missions
and debriefing on completion. As per plans, the fighter planes will be jointly
manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and can operate from land and sea. The UK is expected to declare Initial Operating
Capability for Carrier Strike by the end of 2020. The first operational deployment for HMS Queen
Elizabeth 617 Squadron and a squadron of US Marine Corps Lightning jets is due to take
place in 2021. New images released indicate that the F35s
were also deployed in Beast Mode. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II which
is a single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters is undergoing final
development and testing by the United States. The Pentagon began the F 35 program in 2001
with an aim to develop a cost-effective replacement for the U.S. military’s F15 fighters, F
16 and F18 fighter bombers and reconnaissance aircraft and A10 close in support warplanes. The F-35 has three main models: the conventional
takeoff and landing F-35A (CTOL), the short take-off and vertical-landing F-35B (STOVL),
and the catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery, carrier-based F-35C (CATOBAR) Apart from the United States, the primary
customer and financial backer, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Turkey
(now removed), Australia, Norway, and Denmark are also part of the program. Many other nations like Japan and Israel are
also deploying the fighters. The 9 major partner nations, including the
U.S, plan to acquire over 2,000 F-35s through 2035, which, if delivered will make the F-35
one of the most numerous jet fighters. The fighter aircraft are expected to remain
in service beyond 2050. Britain will field a fleet of 138 F-35s. It plans to initially acquire 48 F-35B that
will be jointly operated by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Out of this, 16 have been already delivered. A subsequent order is expected that will have
a mix of F-35B and F-35A. F 35 being a 5th generation fighter is developed
from grounds up to be stealthy. Its external structure is designed to deflect
signals away from the emitting radar which makes it hard to detect or track. This is done by having no sharp edges or protruding
elements and having a smooth external curvature. Also, it has a coating of RAM (Radar Absorbing
Material) that reduces the number of signals getting reflected. F 35 has the lowest Radar Cross Section (RCS)
of all the jets except the F 22 Raptor. • Against x-band radars, it is stealthy
from front and rear • Against S-band radar, it is stealthy from
the narrow front aspect • Against L-band radar, the limited reduction
is achieved from direct front Classified techniques have also been used
to reduce the heat signature of F 35. This thermal profile management of the jet
makes it difficult for Infrared (IR) homing missiles to target it. It is a genuinely Low Observable (LO) platform
in Importantly in stealth configuration or mode,
weapons are carried internally. F 35s in stealth mode will be useful when
it is deployed in the initial days of the campaign to penetrate enemy territory that
4th generation fighters will find difficult to handle. It will neutralize air as well as ground threats
and provide critical intelligence. Essentially in stealth mode, it will be used
to gain air dominance. But once this is achieved, F 35 can be deployed
in Beast Mode where it will carry weapons in external hardpoints too. In stealth mode, the F-35 can carry 5,700
pounds of ordnance but when it converts to Beast Mode it will be able to carry up to
22,000 pounds of payload – internal and external weapons combined. The 22,000 pounds capacity will mean in Beast
Mode F 35 will be able to carry several different combinations of various weapons. 1. Paveway IV is the latest iteration of the
Paveway series. It is a dual-mode GPS or INS and laser-guided
bomb manufactured by Raytheon UK. 2. ASRAAM is the British replacement for the
AIM-9 Sidewinder and it is specially integrated on the F-35 for the Royal Air Force and Royal
Navy, It is produced by MBDA and is designed for Visual Range combat. It has a range of operation of 15 miles or
25 km and speed of Mach 3+ 3. The Meteor BVRAAM is also expected to be integrated
on the aircraft, as the Royal Air Force recently declared it operational. It will eventually replace the AMRAAM in the
next years. The missile is designed from grounds up to
meet not only today’s threats but also the future once and is consider to be the best
BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Air to Air missile. It is capable of engaging fast agile jets
to small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles as well as cruise missiles in extreme weather conditions. It has a range of around 95 miles or 150 km
and speed of Mach 4.The missile has a no-escape zone of 37 miles or 60 km which is the largest
more a missile of this category. F-35 is a multirole fighter and with Beat
Mode, it will able to adapt seamlessly as per the requirements of the battle situation. It is important to note that though it with
loose the stealth edge in this mode, F-35s will still be better than any 4th generation
fighter when it comes to many aspects like situational awareness thanks to its sensor
fusion capability. The same fighter could be used to execute
a mission on the first day as well as end of the battle. This will provide excellent operational flexibility
to the British military especially since it doesn’t have a dedicate stealthy air superiority
fighter like F 22 Raptor of the U.S. As the fighter completes its integration with
the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the duo will form a deadly combo as the carrier
can deploy upto 36 F-35s.


  1. The POS F-35b doesn't have any such a thing as beast mode . A replacement for the Harrier was needed. That's all this is. Enough of the puffery.

    Also, all this info is older than dirt. Try to generate some current content.

  2. Adding 6 bombs/missiles isn't great. Not even having that space because of the internal weapons bay is just so bad that this looks like good armament suddenly…

  3. UK is all aware of the full stealth capabilities of F 35B 🤐 . So it just doesn't want itself to be the one of the first casualties to happen because of the American propaganda that the jet is the most stealth in the world ( except f 22) and that no adversary can down it especially Russia and China . So they just fully drop kicked the stealth feature and went with the weapon pay load.

  4. I am fully certain that if they can clock back the time then they would not even in their dream support this fighter programme .

  5. This is likely over inflated specs for media. Just because it CAN doesn't make it operationally viable. The amount of drag all that ordinance would create, not to mention increased radar signature makes it impractical. It would need an escort, and/or incurr serious range/loiter restrictions. And you can just dump all that ordinance in a squeeze like you would drop tanks. Still, looks cool though!

  6. I've just ordered two f35s on a buy now pay later plan. Just gotta persuade the Mrs, that its a good deal. Wish me luck 👍

  7. It's comical how people see all the weapons attached and say "there's no way it's stealthy like that." BEAST MODE would be used AFTER the defense systems were already taken out from the stealth

  8. "Beast Mode" come on USA don't insult beasts.
    You should named it " Human Mode", cause you have changed the definition of human & humanity.

  9. Now if only HMS Queen Eliazbeth Carrier has some laser weapon systems to defend itself against Russia's Hypersonic Missiles.

  10. How to make sure you get to 10 minutes? Regurgitate the same information over and over and over… cut and paste the same audio from the previous 10 f-35 videos.

  11. I remember when that Russian wannabe carrier was limping/smoking and having tug boats drag her through the English Channel. Now we have the Royal Navy and the HMS QE showing her fangs and sharpening her nails. Welcome back, Royal Navy. Salute from America !!

  12. Has it been confirmed the UK will get F35As? My understanding is all 138 will be F35Bs (assuming we even get that :/).

  13. Known before it took its first flight ,like the f22 it has two modes …next video why everyone us scared to fight the us army ,yawn

  14. I fail to understand the point of beast-mode f35. Why not just use a 4th gen fighter instead as it would be much cheaper?

  15. …sure the F-35 is stealthy….until you load it up with sharp edged missiles on it's wing mounts…..no internal weapons bays like the F-22.

  16. celebrating brexit by selling more f35 in beast mode so it it's easy for radar to see and get shot down is a good

  17. that carrier sort of needs a refueling aircraft or do they stick around coastlines like those marines and rely on KC130,s:)


  19. Too bad that in Beast Mode it’s no longer stealthy and known to be a shit dog fighter. Wot a rip-off. Also in normal stealth mode this thing can only carry 4 AIM missiles. YES, just 4! Oh and it doesn’t have an internal gun, it needs an external gun pod which is supposed to be stealthy as well (sure it is)

  20. I like the video, but please stop calling it "The HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier". She's either Queen Elizabeth, HMS Queen Elizabeth or the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth. It just sounds odd. It's like calling your car the Ford Tourus car. It just sounds mixed up. Plus "beast mode" is not actually a formal term for external munitions…

  21. It should be explained that only after the enemies eyes are taken out would the F-35 come in beast mode.

    Also, even when F-35's are packed with ordinances they would still be accompanied with other F-35/F-22 fighters just in case enemy fighters are spotted.
    This doesn't need to be explained to those who know what's up, but to those with more common knowledge on the subject.
    Other than that, good video.

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