Last Friday, the Department of Defense gave Lockheed Martin a $3.7 Billion interim payment for 50 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets which are intended for non-Department of Defense customers, and foreign military sales customers.
The contract provides the funds necessary for the procurement of one F-35B aircraft for the UK, one F-35A aircraft for Italy, sixteen F-35A aircraft for Australia and the Netherlands, four F-35A aircraft for Turkey, six F-35A aircraft for Norway, and 22 F-35A aircraft for various other FMC.
The F-35 comes in three versions, the F-35A (designed to be the smallest and lightest), the F-35B (designed to handle short take-offs and vertical landings for the USMC), and the F-35C (designed to take off and land from aircraft carriers for the Navy).
The contract also stipulates Lockheed provide equipment and maintenance services for the aircraft sold to foreign military’s, as well as the USAF, USMC and US Navy. The aircraft are expected to be completed and operational by December 2020.
Lockheed has already been producing the aircraft under an agreement known as “undefinitized contract action” (UCA) while they negotiate their eleventh contract for F-35s with the Pentagon, which is expected to cover 141 aircraft for the US military.
Published by: The War Files