Lockheed Martin to develop dual-capable pilot training software for F-35

22nd October 2020 - 08:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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Training device development comes in parallel with moves to enable the F-35A to carry nuclear weaponry

Lockheed Martin is to continue development of pilot training device software for the F-35 Lightning II fighter, under a $138.77 million contract modification from US Naval Air Systems Command.

The modification also includes testing and continuous re-certification activities for dual-capable Block 4 F-35 aircraft, as capabilities are developed, matured and fielded for the USAF, USN and USMC as well as overseas F-35 operators.

Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida (51%); and Fort Worth, Texas (49%), for completion in June 2024.  

Block 4 software is initially being developed for the F-35A to enable the dual capability, which will enable the aircraft to carry nuclear weaponry as well as conventional bombs and missiles (pictured is an image of an inert bomb being dropped from an F-35A in November 2019).

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