F-35 Lots 12, 13 and 14 contract announced
The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have finalised a $34 billion agreement for the production and delivery of 478 F-35 aircraft Lots 12, 13 and 14.
The contract includes 291 aircraft for the US military, 127 for F-35 international partners, and 60 for US government F-35 Foreign Military Sales customers.
The agreement meets the programme’s cost reduction targets for each F-35 variant.
More than 450 F-35 aircraft are currently operating from 19 bases around the globe, with eight nations operating F-35s from a base on their home soil and seven services having declared Initial Operating Capability.
The global fleet has surpassed more than 220,000 cumulative flight hours and more than 910 pilots and 8,350 maintainers have been trained.
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