US Air Force to Receive Turkish F-35s Under Latest $862 Million Contract Award
US Air Force to Receive Turkish F-35s Under Latest $862 Million Contract Award

US Air Force to Receive Turkish F-35s Under Latest $862 Million Contract Award

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded an $861,731,778 modification (P00040) to previously-awarded fixed-price incentive (firm target), firm-fixed-price contract N00019-17-C-0001.This modification exercises options to procure eight Lot 14 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II repositioned aircraft as a result of the Republic of Turkey’s removal from the F-35 program, and six Lot 14 Lockheed Martin F-35A aircraft for the Air Force. Additionally, this modification establishes undefinitized line items that provides recurring engineering in support of the modification of the eight Lot 14 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II repositioned aircraft to a full operationally capable F-35A Air Force configuration.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (63%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); various locations within the continental U.S. (1.3%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (0.7%). Work is expected to be completed by May 2026. Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds for $848,881,778 will be obligated at time of award. No funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

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On 12 July 2002, Turkey became the seventh international partner in the JSF Project, joining the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark and Norway. On 25 January 2007, Turkey signed a MoU for involvement in F-35 production. Turkey is to take delivery of 10 aircraft per year after they enter service in 2018, with 100 F-35s total on order. The country has invested $195 million in the program since 1999 and total program cost is expected to reach $16 billion. On 30 June 2018, Turkey received its first F-35 at Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. The first aircraft was to be assigned to Luke Air Force Base for pilot training. On 29 August 2018, a Turkish pilot carried out the first flight with an F-35 as part of training in the U.S.

On 18 June 2018, the U.S. Senate passed a bill blocking the transfer of F-35 fighter jets to Turkey. The prohibition was established due to concerns over Turkey’s intent to procure the S-400 air defence system, which would allegedly put the secrets of the F-35 at risk. In June 2019, it was reported that the United States had decided to stop training additional Turkish pilots on the F-35. Soon after, it was reported that training of all Turkish pilots was halted. On 17 July 2019, following the delivery of Russian S-400 air defence systems, the United States announced that Turkey would be removed from the F-35 programme.

US Air Force to Receive Turkish F-35s Under Latest $862 Million Contract Award
US Air Force to Receive Turkish F-35s Under Latest $862 Million Contract Award
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