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Lockheed Martin Awarded $7.8 Billion Order for F-35 Lightning II Fighters

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $7.8 Billion Order for F-35 Lightning II Fighters

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

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $7,795,532,764 to a previously awarded advanced acquisition contract. Fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funding in the amount $2,561,714,872; fiscal 2023 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $2,410,665,589; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Air Force) funds in the amount of $10,665,612; fiscal 2021 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,665,612; FMS customer funds in the amount of $1,497,071,084; and non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $1,300,749,995 will be obligated at the time of award, $21,331,224? of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of 126 Lot 17 F-35 aircraft to include:
81 F-35A aircraft (43 for the U.S. Air Force, eight for the Government of Finland, seven for the Government of Italy, six for the Government of The Netherlands, six for the Government of Poland, four for the Government of Japan, four for the Government of Belgium, and three for the Government of Denmark);
26 F-35B aircraft (15 for the U.S. Marine Corps, seven for the Government of the United Kingdom, two for the Government of Italy, and two for the Government of Japan); and
19 F-35C (13 for the U.S. Navy and six for the U.S. Marine Corps).

F-35 Lightning II Integrated Assembly Line. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

Additionally, this modification exercises options to provide for air system diminishing manufacturing sources integration, software data loads, critical safety items, and red gear for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants, and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (57%); El Segundo, California (14%); Warton, United Kingdom (9%); Cameri, Italy (4%); Orlando, Florida (4%); Nashua, New Hampshire (3%); Baltimore, Maryland (3%); San Diego, California (2%); Nagoya, Japan (2%); and various location outside the continental U.S. (2%), and is expected to be completed in August 2026.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions. It is also able to provide 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 (CTOL) F-35A, the short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) F-35B, and the carrier-based (CV/CATOBAR) F-35C.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth multirole fighters
Lockheed Martin F-35 A B and C Lightning II stealth multirole fighters. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)

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