Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued March 10, 2017)
Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $64,686,522 for firm-fixed-priced delivery order N0001917F0108 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020).

This order procures work on the integrated core processor in order to alleviate diminishing manufacturing sources constraints projected under F-35 production Lot 15 for the Air Force ($25,864,260; 40 percent); the Navy ($12,932,129; 20 percent); the Marine Corps ($12,932,129; 20 percent); and international partners ($12,958,004; 20 percent).

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in March 2019.

Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force); fiscal 2016 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy, Marine Corps); and international partners funds in the amount of $29,000,000 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

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

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Sixteen years after the launch of its development program, and ten years after its first flight, the F-35 is facing serious obsolescence issues, as its components are phased out of production because they are no longer competitive.
The problem seems to be worsening as the Pentagon is now remediating obsolescence of components for Lot 15 aircraft – the latest contract to be finalized is currently Lot 10 – which will only be ordered in five years.
Given the processing technology that was available in the late 1990s, one can only wonder how the F-35’s computing backbone would compare to the current state of the art.)


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