COVID Delays F-35 FRP as Pentagon Debates 6th-Gen Capability

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Unread post21 Aug 2020, 09:10

COVID Delays F-35 Full-Rate Production as Pentagon Debates 6th-Gen Capability
20 Aug 2020 John A. Tirpak

"The end of F-35 operational testing and declaration of full-rate production will likely come in March 2021—three months past the extension Pentagon acquisition and logistics czar Ellen M. Lord gave the program last year.

Lord extended operational testing of the F-35 last October from December 2019 to January 2021, in order to incorporate the fighter into the Joint Simulation Environment, which virtually pits various combinations of U.S. capabilities against foreign militaries. The system is designed to find the optimum numbers of various systems to acquire and deploy.

“I am confident that we are going to meet the March date,” Lord told reporters on Aug. 20. “We have the entire government/industry team focused on that.” However, she acknowledged there “have been setbacks within the JSE from COVID,” because it requires “a very close working environment.”

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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 21:06

AFA 2020: Lockheed Martin projects fewer F-35 deliveries in 2020 due to Covid-19
15 Sep 2020 Pat Host

"Lockheed Martin is lowering delivery expectations in 2020 for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to roughly 121 from 141 due to Covid-19 impacting suppliers, according to a company executive.

Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin F-35 vice-president and general manager, told Janes on 14 September during the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) annual conference that aircraft unit prices will not be impacted if there are fewer aircraft delivered in 2020 than expected. Unit prices generally rise as aircraft procurement quantities decline. Lockheed Martin spokesman Brett Ashworth said on 15 September that those 121 deliveries estimated for 2020 would be for all aircraft variants: F-35A, F-35B, and F-35C. The company so far has delivered more than 555 F-35s.

Ulmer also said Lockheed Martin in late June offered slightly fewer aircraft to the Pentagon for Lots 15-17. The company on 29 October 2019 contracted for 478 aircraft for Lots 12-14 as part of a USD34 billion deal that delivered Lot 14 unit prices at USD77.9 million for the F-35A, USD101.3 million for the F-35B, and USD94.4 million for the F-35C. He said that the company will watch to see if there is concern among all the customers about their budgets due to Covid-19.

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Unread post17 Sep 2020, 12:54

You can't ask for better unit cost figures. Can't even get a 4+++ gen western fighter for less than 100 million, let alone a 5th gen. F-35's are selling well despite the worldwide pandemic.

Can only imagine how many they'd be selling if COVID never happened..
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Unread post07 Oct 2020, 21:53

AFA's vASC 2020: Sponsored Interview - Greg Ulmer of Lockheed Martin [duration 15.5 minutes]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vewz5_JKH80

02 Oct 2020: "Watch Greg Ulmer, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 executive vice president and general manager, discuss mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Joint Strike Fighter production, F-35 cost performance, and more during a sponsored interview with Air Force Magazine Editor-in-Chief Tobias Naegele from the Air Force Association’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference." https://www.airforcemag.com/watch-an-in ... vasc-2020/

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