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Pentagon awards first contract for production F-35 Joint Strike Fighters

May 3, 2006 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, was recently awarded a contract worth $901 million to begin work on the first five production aircraft.

The first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter rolls out of Lockheed's Ft. Worth, TX assembly plant. [LMTAS photo]

Despite recommendations to slow the pace of the F-35 program due to possible technical troubles in the future, Lockheed and Pentagon officials are confident that lessons learned from the F-22A Raptor program will aid in successful production of the F-35.

The first production representative prototype for the Conventional TakeOff and Landing (CTOL) version of the F-35 left the assembly line in Ft. Worth Texas in February of ths year and is scheduled to fly for the first time several months from now.