March 12, 2009 (by Eric L. Palmer) - Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for long lead materials and work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Lockheed-Martin rollout ceremony for the STOVL on December 18th, 2007. [Photo by Keith Robinson]
This is an advanced acquisition contract with an estimated value of $265 million for long lead materials and effort associated with the F-35 Lightning II
Joint Strike Fighter. This will be for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP
) Lot IV procurement of 12 Air Force Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL
) F-35A, 14 Marine Corps Short Take-off and Vertical Landing (STOVL
) F-35B, one Navy Carrier Variant F-35C, and one Netherlands
CTOL air system F-35A.
In addition, this contract provides for associated ancillary mission equipment, sustainment support, special tooling/special test equipment and technical/financial data.