The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded USD5.6 billion for the low-rate initial production (LRIP) of 74 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft.
The contract, which was awarded to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 7 July, is for USD5.57 billion and covers 48 F-35A aircraft for the US Air Force (USAF), 18 F-35B aircraft for the US Marine Corps (USMC), and eight F-35C aircraft for the US Navy (USN) and USMC. Work is expected to be completed in December 2020.
This contract modification follows on the back of previously announced Lot 11 awards dating back to late 2015 that total USD3.2 billion. These previous contracts have included jets for the USAF, USMC, and USN, as well as Australia, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.