Lockheed bags $7.6 billion to build 129 F-35 fighters from lot 15

The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.6 billion contract modification to produce 129 batches of 15 F-35 fifth-generation fighters in all variants.

The contract includes 49 F-35A aircraft (conventional takeoff) for the U.S. Air Force, three F-35B aircraft (short takeoff and vertical landing), and 10 F-35C aircraft (carrier variant) for the Marine Corps.

Also included are 15 F-35Cs for the U.S. Navy, 32 F-35As and four F-35Bs for non-US Department of Defense participants, and 16 F-35As for foreign customers.

The Pentagon’s contract announcement says that work on this modification is expected to be completed in October 2024.

Separately, the D.O.D. awarded Lockheed Martin a $53.4 million modification to “conduct engineering and other associated tasks” for an unspecified foreign military sales (FMS) customer.

The Pentagon was vague about the buyer, but it’s worth noting that Israel is working on a unique F-35 model that will allow the Israeli Air Force to use only Israeli-developed components.

Israel received the first of these unique airframes in 2020. According to Lockheed Martin’s latest fact sheet on the F-35 program, the company has delivered more than 825 airframes to nine countries. The world fleet has accumulated more than 550,000 flight hours with more than 323,000 sorties.

Related Posts

Look! American expert pilot successfully lands British-designed aircraft like a helicopter

When the US bought the Harrier they must obviously have bought the technology (intellectual property), not a bad deal considering they had the steam train, the Jet…

The ten “air monsters” with the quickest speeds will be unveiled in 2022

Helicopters are the most effective source used for logistics, combat, troop deployment and supplies. Be it war or rescue purposes, speed is a critical requirement for helicopters….

Supersonic Bomber B-58 Hustler: Designed to Outrun Anything

Designed to fly at high altitudes and at supersonic speeds, the United States Air Force‘s Convair B-58 Hustler was actually the first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 flights. The…

US Pilot Demonstrates $100M Super Advanced F-22 Thrust Vector

Welcome back to the Daily Aviation for a feature on one of the most elusive fighter aircraft ever built, the F-22 Raptor which is only operated by…

Brutal Power of Kamov Ka-29 Helicopter

Kamov Ka-29 was born in the 1970s, the first flight was made in 1976. Ka-29 has an empty weight of 5.52 tons, maximum takeoff weight of 12.6…

A new VTOL helicopter has been unveiled in the US

Drone, fighter jet, and helicopter, all in one – this is the future of American VTOL helicopters. At a time when world powers must be even more…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *