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Lockheed nets $847M order for 105 more F-35 jets

USMC F-35Bs in the UK
F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 13 line the apron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 26, 2021. Photo: US Navy

Lockheed Martin has received an $847 million contract modification from the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the delivery of an additional 105 F-35 jets.

Announced by the US defense department on December 29, the contract increases the scope to procure long lead materials, parts, and components for Lot 17 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers.

Lockheed Martin will perform work under this order in Texas and other US locations, as well as in Italy, the UK, and Japan. The Pentagon expects the company to complete this batch of work by May 2026.

The order for the additional F-35s was announced two days after the company was tasked with developing a new variant of the Joint Strike Fighter for an unidentified foreign customer.