Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters

Lockheed Martin Wins $394 Million for F-35 Equipment

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $393,846,014 modification (P00008) to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract N00019-19-D-0015. This modification increases the ceiling to produce and deliver Ancillary Mission Equipment (AME)/Pilot Flight Equipment (PFE) and associated AME/PFE initial spares in support of F-35 Lot 14 aircraft deliveries for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense participants and Foreign Military Sales customer’s operational aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be complete by September 2023. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft. It is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions while also providing electronic warfare and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. Lockheed Martin is the prime F-35 contractor, with principal partners Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. The aircraft has three main variants: the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A (CTOL), the short take-off and vertical-landing F-35B (STOVL), and the carrier-based F-35C (CV/CATOBAR). The F-35B entered service with the U.S. Marine Corps in July 2015, followed by the U.S. Air Force F-35A in August 2016 and the U.S. Navy F-35C in February 2019.

The F-35 is a family of single-engine, supersonic, stealth multirole fighters. The second fifth generation fighter to enter US service and the first operational supersonic STOVL stealth fighter, the F-35 emphasizes low observables, advanced avionics and sensor fusion that enable a high level of situational awareness and long range lethality; the USAF considers the aircraft its primary strike fighter for conducting suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD) missions, owing to the advanced sensors and mission systems. The F-35 has a wing-tail configuration with two vertical stabilizers canted for stealth.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
A U.S. Navy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), and a U.S. Air Force F-35A of the 58th Fighter Squadron participate in a training sortie together, near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (USA). All three variants are hosted at Eglin by the USAF 33rd Fighter Wing. The wing’s F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin surpassed 5,000 combined training sorties, contributing more than a third of all sorties in the U.S. Department of Defense’s F-35 program.

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