Lockheed Martin To Manufacture 50 F-35 Aircraft Worth $3.6B For Partners, FMS Customers

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Lockheed Martin To Manufacture 50 F-35 Aircraft Worth $3.6B For Partners, FMS Customers
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Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $3.6 billion low-rate initial production Lot 11 F-35 Lightning II advance acquisition contract to manufacture 50 aircraft for international partners and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Lockheed Martin has also won $218 million in a separate modification contract for recurring logistics support and sustainment services for F-35 Lightning II aircraft in support of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales customers, the US DoD said in a statement Friday.

The first modification provides for the procurement of 50 aircraft for non-Department of Defense participants and foreign military sales (FMS) customers comprised of one F-35B aircraft for the UK; one F-35A aircraft for Italy; eight F-35A aircraft for Australia; eight F-35A aircraft for the Netherlands; four F-35A aircraft for Turkey; six F-35A aircraft for Norway; and 22 F-35A aircraft for FMS customers.  

In addition, this modification adds scope for mission equipment and chase maintenance activity for the above mentioned participants, as well as the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Work is expected to be completed in December 2020. 

The sustainment services contract will include ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training.  Work is expected to be completed in February 2018.  

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