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Lockheed Martin meets 2018 F-35 production target

24 December 2018
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Lockheed Martin reached its 2018 F-35 delivery goal on 20 December with its 91st delivery: a US Marine Corps F-35B to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. Source: Lockheed Martin

Key Points

  • Lockheed Martin met its F-35 delivery goal for 2018
  • The company is preparing to increase production by roughly 40% in 2019

Lockheed Martin said on 20 December that it met its joint government and industry delivery target for 2018 by delivering its 91st F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent a 38% increase from 2017 and roughly a 100% production increase compared with 2016. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to deliver more than 130 F-35s in 2019, which would represent another 40% increase in production.

This 91st aircraft, delivered on 20 December, is a US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant to be delivered to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. Other deliveries in 2018 included 54 F-35s for the US, 21 for international partner nations, and 16 for Foreign Military Sale (FMS) customers.

More than 355 F-35s have been delivered to date and are now operating from 16 bases worldwide. The unit price of a F-35A conventional variant is USD89.2 million and the F-35 enterprise is on track to deliver an USD80 million F-35A by Lot 14 in 2020, according to Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin did not return a request for comment prior to publication.

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