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Lockheed Martin and industry partners support F-35s worldwide

7th January 2021 - 10:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Short-term deal covers support for F-35 global fleet until end of June 2021, while negotiations continue on a long-term arrangement.

A team led by Lockheed Martin has received a $1.28 billion, six-month contract from the F-35 Joint Program Office for support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet.

‘This contract ensures F-35s remain ready to fly and accomplish the warfighter's mission,’ said Bill Brotherton, Lockheed Martin acting vice-president and general manager of the F-35 programme.

He added: ‘We continue to see improvements in readiness and cost, and as the fleet grows, so does the opportunity for the joint government and industry team to collaborate, realising even more long-term benefits.’

While the latest deal covers short-term support for F-35s already in service (more than 600 aircraft have been delivered worldwide to date), negotiations continue on long-term support for a future fleet of more than 3,000 aircraft.

The Lockheed Martin team includes BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman.

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