How much does the F-35 Cost?
Producing, Operating and Supporting a 5th Generation Fighter
The F-35 provides 5th generation capability – at a price that is competitive with the cost of a 4th generation fighter.
In Oct. 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin finalized a $34 billion contract for the production and delivery of 478 F-35s at the lowest aircraft price in program history. In the agreement, the F-35 enterprise met and exceeded its long-stated cost reduction targets for each variant.
The F-35A unit price, including aircraft and engine, is now $77.9 million in Lot 14. The approximate per variant unit prices are as follows:
The sub $80 million unit recurring flyaway cost for an F-35 represents an integrated acquisition price for the 5th Generation Weapon System. With embedded sensors and targeting pods, this F-35 unit price includes items that add additional procurement and sustainment costs to legacy 4th Generation aircraft.