Lockheed Martin Aerospace is being awarded a contract for Block 4.1 common capabilities pre-modernization efforts in support of the F-35 Lightning II preliminary design review in support of the U.S. Air Force and international partners.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth around $211 million, is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland.
The contract work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2019.
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.