Above: US Navy/Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) development F-35C Lightning II CF-05 ‘SD-75’ operating with the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River Integrated Test Force approaches the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during initial at sea trials on November 4, 2014. A further four F-35Cs were ordered for the US Navy yesterday. Lockheed Martin/Andy Wolfe
AN ADDITIONAL four F-35C Lightning IIs have been ordered for the US Navy. Lockheed Martin was awarded a $360.8 million contract by US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) yesterday, June 29, for the procurement of the four F-35C Carrier Variant Lot 14 aircraft. Work is expected to be completed by May 2023. Fiscal year 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds of $170 million were released at time of award.
A separate $67.69 million NAVAIR advance acquisition contract was also awarded to Lockheed Martin yesterday to procure long lead materials, parts, components and support necessary to maintain on-time F-35 production and delivery. The award covers nine lot 16 F-35A Lightning II aircraft for the government of The Netherlands, as well as seven F-35A and two F-35B aircraft for the government of Italy. Work is expected to be completed by May 2025.
Earlier this year, on March 31, NAVAIR awarded Lockheed Martin a $4,708,927,970 contract for the procurement of 78 F-35s (comprising 48 F-35As for the US Air Force, 14 F-35Bs for the US Marine Corps and 16 F-35Cs for the Navy) plus associated aircraft red gear. Work on that deal is expected to be complete by March 2023.