Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1,808,545,655 contract for continued design maturation and development of Block 4 capabilities in support of the F-35 Lightning II Phase 2.3 Pre-Modernization for the United States Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps; and foreign customers.
Work is expected to be completed in August 2026. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($732,460,990; 40.50 percent); Navy ($371,475,278; 20.54 percent), Marine Corps ($345,974,784; 19.13 percent) and foreign customers ($358,634,603; 19.83 percent), a US DoD release said.
Though Block 4 capabilities have not been officially revealed, media report say it will include addition of or a fix to over 50 capabilities such as major performance upgrades and new weapons integration.
The F-35’s stealthy tight-beam Multifunction Advanced Datalink (MADL) will be made compatible with the Link 16 datalinks (used in F-16s, F-18s and a host of other US and allied aircraft) and also satellite communication which will significantly expand its communications networking ability. It will also gain the ability to stream video on the ground using Rover-NG systems.
The F-35’s APG-81 AESA radar will be equipped with a wide-area Synthetic Aperture mode to scan large swaths of terrain and track even small objects such as moving vehicles. It will then create a high-definition image and beam it to ground control for intelligence, navigation and weapons targeting.
Potential new weapons include the B-61 nuclear bomb, Small Diameter Bomb II, the JSOW-C and the AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile and weapons integrated for European F-35 operators such as the Meteor missile made by MBDA. In addition, BAE Systems has been contracted to provide the ASQ-239 electronic warfare suite, which combines a 360 degree electromagnetic sensor to detect nearby threats with infrared and radar countermeasures.
In one of the biggest engine orders to date, Pratt and Whitney has been awarded $3,239,028,961 for the production and delivery of 233 propulsion systems that will go into F-35 stealth fighter jets meant for US forces and international customers. The contract which is a modification to a previous contract, provides for the production and delivery of 56 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the United States Air Force; 10 F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the Navy; 24 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for the Marine Corps; 125 F135-PW-100 and 18 F135-PW-600 propulsion systems for non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers,,...
BAE Systems plant in Samlesbury, Lancashire today delivered the 500th aft fuselage of the F-35 Lightning II Stealth fighter jet. The facility produces the aft fuselage, horizontal and vertical tails of the jet which is operated by both the US Air Force and the Royal Air Force
The worlds most expensive weapons program, development of the Lockheed Martin fifth-generation F-35 fighter is estimated to cost $22 billion more, according to a report published by Bloomberg. The estimated total price for research and procurement has increased by $22 billion in current dollars adjusted for inflation, according to the Pentagons latest annual cost assessment of major projects
Lockheed Martin is working on achieving a $25,000 Cost per Flight Hour (CPFH) for its F-35 joint strike fighter by 2025. The CPHF target is comparable to the cost to sustain legacy aircraft, while providing a generational leap in capability; a Lockheed Martin release said adding that the target will be deliver 80 percent mission capable rates in the near term
Lockheed Martin was awarded a $561.8 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) for Army tactical guided missiles, and Launching Assembly Service Life Extension program to Bahrain, Poland and Romania
The United States is reportedly eyeing to sign a $34 Billion mega deal with
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