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Lockheed Martin deliberates over F-35 2022 production rate

7th January 2022 - 14:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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A USMC F-35C Lightning II lands onboard USS Abraham Lincoln. (Photo: USMC)

After a remarkable year for F-35 sales, Lockheed Martin has started internal discussions regarding a 2022 production target.

Lockheed Martin has told Shephard it is currently determining how many F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters will be produced in 2022, following a company announcement that it produced 142 of the aircraft in 2021.

The 2021 figure bettered a target of 139 jets the manufacturer had set itself, in a timely boost for production after a relatively disappointing 2020 that saw COVID-19 complications lead to 120 aircraft deliveries - some way short of an original company target of 141 units.

‘We are determining the 2022 delivery target at this time and will share when decided,’ said a Lockheed Martin

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