F-35 Lightning II Program Status and Fast Facts

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F-35 Lightning II Program Status and Fast Facts



Recent Milestones

  • U.S. Air Force F-35As conducts first combat employment in support of Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve. (April 30)
  • F-35 industry partners transition to Performance Based Logistic contracts and Master Repair Agreements to reduce sustainment costs and enhance readiness. (April 17)
  • The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A deploy to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates – marking the Air Force’s first operational deployment to the Middle East with F-35As. (April 15)
  • The National Aeronautic Association names the F-35 Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team as the recipient of the 2018 Robert J. Collier Trophy. (April 5)
  • Japanese Air Self Defense Force stands-up first operational squadron. (March 29)
  • The Republic of Korea’s first F-35s arrive home to Cheongju Air Base. (March 29)
  • F-35 maintainers and pilots in the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah complete the first operational rapid crew swap exercise, demonstrating the F-35’s reliability and enhanced readiness. (March 20)
  • The Department of Navy declares Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its fleet of F-35Cs. (February 28)
  • The Republic of Singapore announce its plans to buy F-35 fighter jets to replace its aging fleet of F-16s. (February 28)

Program Cost

Cost Reductions Statistics:

  • More than 60% reduction in Unit Recurring Flyaway cost since Lot 1.
  • More than 5% reduction in Unit Recurring Flyaway since previous contract.
  • Blueprint for Affordability efforts projected to save more than $6 billion over the life of the program.
  • As production ramps and additional improvements are implemented, Lockheed Martin’s goal is to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020, which is equal to or less than the cost of legacy aircraft while providing a generational leap in capability.

Program of Record


Economic Impact

  • 1,500+ top tier suppliers around the globe, including more than 1,400 U.S. and Puerto Rico- based suppliers.
  • Final Assembly factories in Fort Worth, Texas; Cameri, Italy; and Nagoya, Japan
  • Suppliers located in 45 U.S. states and Puerto Rico
  • Over 220,000 direct and indirect jobs supported in the US
  • Over $44.2 billion of total economic impact

F-35 Production

*Planned delivery quantities beyond 2018 are approximate based on the current F-35 production profile.



All information current as of May 10, 2019

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