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DSEI 2021: Lockheed Martin awaits verdicts on bids as it reiterates flight cost success for F-35

22nd September 2021 - 12:30 GMT | by Ian Parker in Portsmouth

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USAF F-35A pictured on a training mission. (Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt Andrew Lee)

US manufacturer Lockheed Martin claims to have slashed operating costs for its flagship F-35 platform, as it waits for a decision on two important fighter competitions.

Lockheed Martin expects to hear soon whether Canada and Finland will select the F-35A to meet their respective next-generation fighter requirements, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics VP Gary North noted in a briefing during DSEI in London on 14-17 September.

In Finland, the H-X fighter acquisition programme sees the F-35A pitted against the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block III and Saab Gripen E, as well as Eurofighter Typhoon and Rafale.

For the C$15 billion to C$19 billion ($11 billion to $14 billion) Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) in Canada, the F-35A is competing against the Super Hornet and Gripen E.

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