Lockheed Martin announced it met its 2017 delivery goal for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme by delivering its 66th aircraft on 15 December.
More than 265 F-35 aircraft have been delivered to United States and international customers, according to a company statement. Sixty-six deliveries in 2017 represents a 40% increase from 2016, and the programme expects to increase production volume year after year to hit a full rate of roughly 160 aircraft in 2023.
Lockheed Martin did not detail how many of each variant were delivered in 2017. The company and the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) did not respond to requests for comment by press time on 18 December.
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