The Pentagon announced plans on July 17, 2019 to discontinue Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program.
This is a government-to-government matter, and as always, we are following official U.S. Government guidance as it relates to delivery of the F-35 to Turkey and the export of goods from the Turkish supply chain.
Lockheed Martin has been partnering closely with the U.S. Government and our supply chain to minimize impact to the F-35 program.
Over the last several months we’ve been working to establish alternative sources of supply in the United States to quickly accommodate Turkey’s current contributions to the program. These actions will limit any future production or sustainment impact and we remain on track to meet our commitment of delivering 131 F-35s this year. As F-35s in the fleet deliver exceptional capability and costs continue to come down, we see increasing global demand for the F-35 that will grow the total program of record.
Additional information can best be addressed by the Department of Defense.