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F-35 Block 3F test schedule slips as Lot 9-10 contracting drags on

.@LockheedMartin F-35 Block 3F IOT&E now expected to start in Jan/Feb of 2018  JD @FG_Defence

  • “We presented that information to the air force and we’ll let the air force decide what they choose to do relative to ALIS 2.0.2,” Bogdan says. “
  • “We haven’t reached an agreement,” Kendall says. “
  • It’s entirely possible to deliver all of the deployability capabilities without the engine capability, but that’s a decision that the air force will have to make.”
  • Regarding a potential “block buy” of aircraft by the international programme partners, Kendall says most of the partners remain fully committed to that joint purchasing concept, but the Pentagon still isn’t planning to join until one year later.
  • The F-35 Joint Programme Office (JPO) and the aircraft manufacturer have been trying to come to an agreement on pricing for the 57 total aircraft in Lot 9 and the 94 jets in Lot 10 since wrapping up an agreement for Lot 8 for 43 aircraft in October 2014.

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@JamesDrewNews: “.@LockheedMartin F-35 Block 3F IOT&E now expected to start in Jan/Feb of 2018 JD @FG_Defence”


The Pentagon appears to be no closer to reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin on contracts for the production of 151 F-35 Lightning II aircraft as part of low-rate production lots nine and 10.


F-35 Block 3F test schedule slips as Lot 9-10 contracting drags on

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