Lockheed Bags $7.8B U.S. Deal for 128 F-35 Jets

  • Defensemirror.com Bureau
  • 06:05 AM, April 29, 2023
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Lockheed Bags $7.8B U.S. Deal for 128 F-35 Jets
F-35A joint strike fighter

The Pentagon today announced a deal valued $7.79 billion to Lockheed Martin for 128 F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft.

This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of 126 Lot 17 F-35 aircraft to include 81 F-35A aircraft (43 for the U.S. Air Force, eight for the Government of Finland, seven for the Government of Italy, six for the Government of The Netherlands, six for the Government of Poland, four for the Government of Japan, four for the Government of Belgium, and three for the Government of Denmark); 26 F-35B aircraft (15 for the U.S. Marine Corps, seven for the Government of the United Kingdom, two for the Government of Italy, and two for the Government of Japan); and 19 F-35C (13 for the U.S. Navy and six for the U.S. Marine Corps), the U.S. Department of Defense said in an official release.

The order for Pentagon's most expensive weapons system is expected to be completed in August 2026.

Last year, the DoD agreed with Lockheed Martin to build about 375 F-35s over three years in a deal worth $30 billion.

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