The image we have here, showing an F-35A Lightning II deployed with the 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, serves exactly that purpose: impress and deter.
The highly detailed shot of the American fighter plane, revealing every hint of muscle the bird packs, was taken back in May, when it was flying a refueling mission over the North Sea, alongside a KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, based at another British base, RAF Mildenhall.
This type of aircraft is getting increased attention from allied nations as well, which scramble to update their militaries faced with the Russian aggression in Ukraine. Introduced in 2006 (the F-35A), it is currently one of just a handful of fifth-gen aircraft in operation globally, and by all intents and purposes, one of the most widespread, with over 800 units made to date by Lockheed Martin.
The multi-role fighter was originally designed to replace the F-16 Fighting Falcons and A-10 Thunderbolt II in the American arsenal, but as of last year, when the USAF announced plans to streamline its fleet, both of the aging machines have been confirmed as continuing their duties at least until 2030.