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The coronavirus is ‘slowly killing’ the planned deliveries of F-35s for 2020

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The American defense corporation Lockheed Martin will increase the pace of production of fifth-generation F-35 fighters from May 23, but will not be able to deliver this year from 18 to 24 aircraft out of 141 planned, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to the news agency “Defense News”, because of connection with the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the production of parts and components was complicated, as a result, the company had to reduce production for the next three months.

According to the publication, representatives of Lockheed Martin for the first time notified customers of possible delays in deliveries on April 21.

“If we have the opportunity to accelerate or restore the pace [of production], we will do it. If there is progress, a clear picture of where we will be in late summer or early autumn will appear,” the company’s vice president for F-35 program by Greg Ulmer said in a statement.

Since May 23, the corporation will divide 2,500 people into three groups at a factory in Texas. Each of them will work for 14 days with a week of rest. After the first rotation, a decision will be made on making adjustments or extending the amended schedule until September 4.

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Recall, in late April, the company said that the coronavirus had a serious impact on the aviation business of the American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin. Production of F-35 fighters was at risk of disruption in schedule and supply disruption.

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