Two More F-35 Added to Most Recent Production Order

by: Matthew Potter
April 19, 2012

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The Department of Defense executed a contract modification with Lockheed Martin (LMT) this week to add 2 more F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to the most recent production buy. This brings the total aircraft on the order to 32. This is consistent with last year’s quantity.

The total value of the modification was about $259 million. This is the fifth production buy.

The program is currently in low rate production while it continues testing and development of the different variants of the aircraft.

The F-35 continues to see cost growth for the total program as recent annual reductions in the buy quantities stretch out production and add billions to the cost. The program is also under fire as some of the foreign partners reconsider their total quantities and commitment to the most expensive defense program in the history of the world.

With this order almost 100 of the aircraft have been ordered out of a planned quantity of 3 to 4,000. Production is supposed to ramp up steadily with a goal of 130 aircraft a year by 2015.

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