Lockheed Martin Delivers 134 F-35 Aircraft in 2019 Exceeding Annual Commitment

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 134 F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft this year exceeding the joint government and industry 2019 delivery goal of 131 aircraft.

The 134th F-35 aircraft of 2019 was delivered on Dec. 30. The aircraft is an F-35B Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL) model for the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 2019, deliveries included 81 F-35s for the United States, 30 for international partner nations and 23 for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

One hundred and thirty-four deliveries represent a 47% increase from 2018 and nearly a 200 percent production increase from 2016. Next year, Lockheed Martin plans to deliver 141 F-35s and is prepared to increase production volume year-over-year to hit peak production in 2023.

“This achievement is a testament to the readiness of the full F-35 enterprise to ramp to full-rate production and we continue to focus on improving on-time deliveries across the entire weapons system,” said Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the F-35 program.

“We have met our annual delivery targets three years in a row and continue to increase production rates, improve efficiencies and reduce costs. The F-35 is the most capable fighter jet in the world, and we’re now delivering the 5th Generation weapon system at a cost equal to or lower than a less capable 4th Generation legacy aircraft.”

There are more than 490 F-35 aircraft operating from 21 bases around the globe. Today, 975 pilots and 8,585 maintainers are trained, and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 240,000 cumulative flight hours. Eight nations have F-35s operating from a base on their home soil, eight services have declared Initial Operating Capability and four services have employed F-35s in combat operations.

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