Lockheed Martin is being awarded a delivery order, worth around $158 million, for the support of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter operated by the U.S. Armed Forces and foreign customers.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order was awarded against a previously issued basic ordering agreement by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland.
This order provides for program management, nonrecurring engineering, recurring engineering, site support and touch labor in support of modification and retrofit activities for delivered air systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participant, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in February 2019.
This order combines purchases for the U.S. Air Force (48 percent); Marine Corps (31 percent); Navy (6 percent); non-DoD participants (11 percent); and FMS customers (4 percent). Fiscal 2016 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps); fiscal 2017 aircraft procurement (Air Force); fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy); non-DoD participant; and FMS funds for the amount will be obligated at time of award.
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.