The orders enable continuation of current production and cover delivery of Air-to-Air Pylons to Marvin Engineering for Low Rate Initial Production phase (LRIP) 10 and delivery of Center Fuselage parts to Northrop Grumman for LRIP 11. The orders include deliveries of parts to approximately 157 aircraft.
Marvin Engineering is Lockheed Martin’s main supplier for Weapons Pylons. Northrop Grumman designed and produces the center fuselage for all three F-35 variants: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant; the F-35B short takeoff vertical landing (STOVL) variant; and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant.
Kongsberg also delivers rudders and vertical leading edges for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather, fifth-generation stealth multirole fighters designed and developed by Lockheed Martin.
The fighter combines advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. They were developed to perform to perform ground attack and air defense missions.
The three distinct variants, F-35A, F-35B and F-35C, will replace the F-16 Fighting Falcon and A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II for the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the F/A-18 Hornet for the U.S. Navy (USN), the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), and a variety of fighters for 11 other countries.
On 31 July 2015, the USMC declared ready for deployment the first squadron of F-35B fighters after intensive testing. On 2 August 2016, the USAF declared its first squadron of F-35A fighters combat-ready. The Initial Operational Capability (IOC) declaration of Navy fighters are expected in 2019.
More than 240 F-35s have been built and delivered worldwide, and they have collectively flown more than 105,000 flight hours.