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More F-35 Work for Lockheed Martin

by: Matthew Potter
May 8, 2012

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Additions, Contract Awards, Department of Defense, development program, Events, Lockheed Martin, Military Aviation, production program, Services, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy | RSS 2.0

The Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT), the prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, another $237 million of work on the advanced aircraft program. This contract action is to add to the fourth low rate production batch some changes that have been developed over recent times. The F-35 program is very concurrent with testing and development ongoing while production is as well.

This means situations like this where aircraft already delivered or on the production line will be retrofitted with changes that have come out of the test program or experience flying the system. This concurrency is one of the reasons the program has suffered cost and schedule problems. At the same time it allows Lockheed to deliver aircraft to support training and testing and ultimately deployment.

Originally the contracts for production had been cost plus where the government was responsible for any increases in cost related to changing requirements or specifications. The most recent production one due to pressure to control cost has a cap above which Lockheed will be responsible for any additional costs.

Despite the fact that their line workers remain on strike for what is now approaching three weeks the company continues to work on the aircraft.

The F-35 program continues to be the most expensive defense acquisition program in history and recent moves to stretch out deliveries by several years will only add to that total cost.

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