The F-35 Is About to Enter Beast Mode

The F-35 Is About to Enter Beast Mode

Here's the missile that will seriously boost the fighter jet's firepower.

U.S. defense contractor Raytheon has pulled the curtain off a new missile designed to boost the firepower of fighter jets. The new Peregrine missile (above) is designed to fit in the weapons bays of stealth fighters, allowing them to carry more missiles than ever before.

As stealthy fighter jets, the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II both suffer from a major problem: They must store all of their fuel, sensors, and weapons internally. While previous-generation fighters stored this equipment on the fuselage and wingtips, having a collection of pointy missiles, bombs, and fuel tanks hanging off an aircraft can dramatically increase its radar signature. Fifth-generation fighters like the F-22 and F-35 store everything internally, particularly weapons, maximizing the ability of their carefully molded shapes to evade radar.

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