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PREMIUM: Lockheed Martin confident of meeting $25,000 F-35 flight hour target

21st April 2021 - 07:25 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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Lockheed Martin delivered 17 F-35 aircraft during Q1 2021 (Photo: US Air Force)

New sustainment plans could see Lockheed Martin reduce operating costs of the F-35 to $25,000 per flight hour.

Lockheed Martin has said a $25,000 flight hour cost target set by the F-35 Joint Program Office is achievable, but the manufacturer suggested that it still has work to do before ‘optimal sustainment strategies’ are implemented on the fifth-generation jet programme.

Excessive sustainment costs have led to public criticism ...

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