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Lockheed Martin Continues the Development of F-35 Totaling $1.8 Billion

BETHESDA, ( – Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1,8 billion contract for continued design maturation and development of Block 4 capabilities in support of the F-35 Lightning, learned

The contract is part of the Phase 2.3 Pre-Modernization for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in August 2026.

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This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($732 million); Navy ($371 million), Marine Corps ($345 million) and non-U.S. DoD participants ($358 million).

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters. The fifth-generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions.

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It has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) variant.

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The F-35 descends from the Lockheed Martin X-35, the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is built by Lockheed Martin and many subcontractors, including Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, and BAE Systems.

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