Lockheed Martin has unveiled the first operational F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft built for Netherlands in Texas.
The fifth generation fighter will be delivered to the Dutch country later this year, Lt. Gen. Dennis Luyt, Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) said.
"From the very beginning of the F-35 program, the Netherlands has provided assistance in developing, testing, improving, and maintaining the aircraft," Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO said.
"Dutch suppliers have provided production, structural-design support and advanced technologies; and Dutch aircraft and personnel continue to support ongoing testing and operations for the worldwide F-35 fleet. Netherlands will serve as a sustainment hub in the European region for maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade projects," Hewson added.
The aircraft is scheduled to ferry to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona for pilot training, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
The aircraft is the first operational F-35 and the third Netherlands jet delivered to date. The first two Dutch F-35s were delivered in 2013 and are at Edwards AFB, California, supporting operational testing.
The RNLAF plans to acquire 37 F-35As.
The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet combines advanced stealth with speed and agility with a host of modern advances like network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have completed their technical evaluation to select the next generation fighter to replace its F-16s. The F-16s will have to retire soon after 2030 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been identified as the most suitable replacement to maintain the RSAF's capabilities, Singapores Ministry of Defense said in a statement Friday
South Korea will receive the first two of the 40 F-35A fighter jets it ordered from the United States in March this year. "Two F-35As will arrive in South Korea by the end of March
The UKs F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets are ready to be deployed on operations for the first time, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced. There are nine F-35s readyto be deployed on operations across the world
Lockheed Martin will reduce the unit price of the F-35 jet to $80 million in 2020 from the current $89 million and is set to deliver more than 130 F-35s in 2019 to US and international customers The US Company delivered the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2018 and demonstrating the F-35 enterprise's ability to ramp to full rate production. The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent nearly a 40 percent increase from 2017 and about a 100 percent production increase compared to 2016
The Dutch government has dropped German shipbuilder- ThyssenKrupp and Spanish Navantia in its bid to purchase new submarines for the Royal Netherlands navy. The government is expected to take a decision next Friday about the purchase
Germany has dropped Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet out of the tender and will choose between Boeing F/A-18 and Eurofighter to replace its Tornado warplanes. The final decision will be taken once the ministry receives detailed information regarding the aircraft from its manufacturers
Lockheed Martin is expecting to sell more of its F-35 fighter jets in Europe- specifically to Germany, Finland and Switzerland amidst an expected price drop to around $80 million a piece. The F-35 Jet is already in service with the United Kingdom and has been selected by the Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey making it the dominant future fighter jet in the continent amidst a European nations plan – specifically the UK, France and Germany to develop their own fifth generation jets
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