Lockheed Martin awarded USD 32m to modify F-35 fighters for USAF

Texas-based Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. has announced it has been awarded USD 32,111,547 from the US Department of Defense to procure modification kits and special tooling to modify and retrofit delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, the company said.

The modified aircraft are for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in June 2025.

Fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy); non-DoD partners; and FMS funds in the amount of USD 32,111,547 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This modification combines purchases for the Air Force (USD 16,510,522; 51%); Marine Corps (USD 7,693,130; 24%); Navy (USD 275,849; 1%); non-DoD participants (USD 4,698,676; 15%); and FMS customers (USD 2,933,370; 9%).