Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Sign Lot 15-17 Agreement, Ending Year of International Growth
F-35 fleet to have 894 after delivery of 141 in 2022
Arlington, Virginia, December 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have finalized a contract for production and delivery of 398 F-35s. $30 billionIncludes lots 15 and 16 of US, international partner and foreign military sales (FMS) aircraft, with options for lot 17.
“The F-35 provides exceptional capabilities to our fighters and operational commanders,” said a U.S. Air Force lieutenant general. Mike Schmidt, Program Executive, F-35 Joint Program Office. “This contract strikes the right balance between what’s best for U.S. taxpayers, military services, allies, and foreign military sales customers. The F-35 is the world’s leading multi-mission, fifth-generation weapons system and modernized Block 4 capability. This new The aircraft will enhance capabilities as well as interoperability with allies and partners across the land, sea, air and cyber domains.”
The contract includes 145 units for Lot 15, 127 units for Lot 16, and up to 126 units for Lot 17 contract options. Belgium, Finland And Poland.
Lot 15-17 aircraft will be the first to include Technical Refresh-3 (TR-3), modernized hardware required to enhance Block 4 capabilities. The TR-3 includes a new integrated core processor with greater computing power, a panoramic cockpit display and an improved memory unit.
The aircraft will add to its growing global fleet, which currently has 894 aircraft after 141 deliveries this year. The F-35 team is on track to deploy 148 aircraft as planned. However, the necessary approval flight tests could not be performed due to the temporary suspension of still valid flight operations.
The confirmed contract closes a year in which the F-35 continues to grow internationally and deliver battle-proven air power around the world. this year, Finland, germany And Swiss As an important step in the procurement of the F-35 aircraft, the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) was signed.
“Continuing to add new countries to our global F-35 fleet further validates the ability and affordability of this aircraft to deliver 21st century security to countries and allies,” he said. bridget lauderdale, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin, F-35 Program. “No other aircraft can do everything the F-35 does to defeat and deter even the most advanced threats.”
Participants in the F-35 program currently include 17 countries. To date, more than 1,870 pilots and more than 13,500 mechanics have been trained, and the F-35 fleet has accumulated more than 602,000 flight hours.
Source Lockheed Martin Aeronautics