Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued May 27, 2016)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $10,209,050 modification to delivery order 5503 previously issued against basic ordering agreement N00019-14-G-0020.

This modification provides for the procurement of retrofit modification hardware and diminishing manufacturing source components required for F-35 Block 3F upgrades.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (90 percent); and Baltimore, Maryland (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2020.

Fiscal 2014 and 2015 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy); fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force and Marine Corps); and international partner funds in the amount of $5,104,526 will be obligated at time of award, $956,701 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract combines purchases of the Marine Corps ($4,760,145; 47 percent); Air Force ($1,832,552; 18 percent); Navy ($608,067; 6 percent); and international partners ($3,008,287; 29 percent).

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This contract actually means that some of the components that Lockheed needs to upgrade some F-35S to Block 3F software standard are going out of production, and so enough must be bought to allow completion of the upgrades.
In other words, the latest US fighter has components so old they are going out of production because no-one wants to buy them.
This is clearly not an endorsement of the aircraft’s high-technology claims.)


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