U.S. Navy carrier operations account for most of the differences between the F-35C and the other JSF variants. The aircraft has larger wing and tail control surfaces to better manage low-speed carrier approaches.
* The F-35 is the Navy's first stealth aircraft.
* The internal structure of the U.S. Navy variant is strengthened to handle the loads associated with catapult launches and arrested landings.
* A larger wingspan provides increased range and improves low-speed handling characteristics for the Navy aircraft.
* Like the U.S. Marine Corps variant, the U.S. Navy variant carries a refueling probe on the right side of the forward fuselage.
* Range and payload are superior to legacy strike fighters.
Weapon loads, cockpit layout, countermeasures, radar, and other features are common with the other variants.