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F-35 fleet 2020 sustainment contract awarded

7th January 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Lockheed Martin industry team has received a $1.9 billion contract from the F-35 Joint Program Office to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet through December 2020.

The annual contract covers sustainment activities for aircraft currently in the fleet and builds enterprise capacity to support the future fleet of more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft. This includes base and depot maintenance, pilot and maintainer training, and sustaining engineering across the globe. It also covers fleet-wide data analytics and supply chain management for part repair and replenishment to enhance overall supply availability for the fleet.

Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of the F-35 program, said: ‘The F-35 continues to deliver exceptional capabilities to the field, and this contract ensures F-35s are mission ready to meet warfighter needs.

The joint government and industry team continues to make significant progress improving readiness rates and reducing sustainment costs. In 2020, we will continue to optimise and advance the sustainment system. We are confident F-35 sustainment costs will be equal to or less than legacy jets.’

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