U.S. DoD orders 255 Lockheed Martin F-35 military combat aircraft in $22.7B deal
In 2015, an individual piloted a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II aircraft – seen here flying in formation – on a simulator using brain-computer interface. (Image source: USAF)
 

U.S. DoD orders 255 Lockheed Martin F-35 military combat aircraft in $22.7B deal

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., part of Lockheed Martin Corp., in Fort Worth, Texas, won a $22.7 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver 255 of its F-35 fifth-generation military combat aircraft.
 
The contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price advanced acquisition contract (N00019-17-C-0001) is valued at $22,712,874,822 for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
 
This modification provides for the production and delivery of:
  • 106 F-35 aircraft for the U.S. services (64 F-35As Air Force; 26 F-35Bs Marine Corps; 16 F-35Cs Navy);
  • 89 F-35s for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants (71 F-35As, 18 F-35 Bs); and
  • 60 F-35s for Foreign Military Sales customers (60 F-35As).
 
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., part of Lockheed Martin Corp., in Fort Worth, Texas, won a $22.7 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver 255 of its F-35 fifth-generation military combat aircraft.

The U.S. aircraft quantities are for the Lot 12 program of record plus fiscal 2018/fiscal 2019 aircraft quantity congressional adds.

Read more: Peruse SAE International's extensive portfolio of technical information about the F-35 military aircraft. 


Work will be performed in:
  • Fort Worth, Texas (57 percent);
  • El Segundo, California (14 percent);
  • Warton, United Kingdom (9 percent);
  • Cameri, Italy (4 percent);
  • Orlando, Florida (4 percent);
  • Nashua, New Hampshire (3 percent);
  • Baltimore, Maryland (3 percent);
  • San Diego, California (2 percent);
  • Nagoya, Japan (2 percent); and
  • various locations outside the continental U.S. (2 percent).
 
Work is expected to be completed in March 2023.  

Read more: First F-35 crash; pilot safe 


Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement funds (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy) in the amount of:
  • $3,505,522,468 (59 percent);
  • non-DoD participant funds in the amount of $1,578,531,164 (26 percent); and
  • Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $916,667,000 (15 percent).

A total of $6,000,720,632 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

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