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  • Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    February 28, 2019

    The Department of the Navy Declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with its fleet of F-35Cs on February 28, 2019. The milestone demonstrates the maturity and capability of the F-35C and is a significant step on the road to the first scheduled F-35C deployment in 2021.

    The Navy joins the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S.…

  • Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    Department of the Navy Declares F-35C Initial Operational Capability

    February 28, 2019

    The Department of the Navy Declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with its fleet of F-35Cs on February 28, 2019. The milestone demonstrates the maturity and capability of the F-35C and is a significant step on the road to the first scheduled F-35C deployment in 2021.

    The Navy joins the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S.…

  • DoD Makes ​F-35 MRO&U Component Global Assignments

    DoD Makes ​F-35 MRO&U Component Global Assignments

    February 12, 2019

    The Department of Defense has assigned F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) capability for the next tier of air vehicle and propulsion component repair capabilities Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS).

    These work assignments support almost 400 repairable items on the aircraft. Examples of…

  • The Royal Netherlands Air Force First Operational F-35 Rolls Out

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force First Operational F-35 Rolls Out

    January 30, 2019

    Dutch and American officials celebrated the roll out of the first operational F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) at Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) in Fort Worth, Texas, commemorating a transformational leap in capability for the future of the Netherlands' national defense.

    "Receiving this F-35 at…

  • Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    Japan Commits to Acquire 105 Additional F-35 Aircraft

    December 28, 2018

    On Dec. 18, 2018, Japan’s National Security Council and Cabinet authorized acquisition for 105 additional F-35s beyond the already approved 42 F-35s in the Japan Program. Total procurement is now established at 147 F-35 aircraft which will make Japan the largest international customer on the F-35 Program. 

  • Lockheed Martin Meets 2018 F-35 Production Target with 91 Aircraft Deliveries

    Lockheed Martin Meets 2018 F-35 Production Target with 91 Aircraft Deliveries

    December 20, 2018

    Lockheed Martin delivered the 91st F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2018 and demonstrating the F-35 enterprise’s ability to ramp to full rate production.

    The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent nearly a 40 percent increase from 2017 and about a 100 percent…

  • 31st TES Begins F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

    31st TES Begins F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation

    December 12, 2018

    The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron kicked off the Defense Department’s F-35 Lightning II Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with a large force employment sortie from Edwards AFB, California, Dec. 5.

    “The sorties consisted of seven F-35s performing both offensive counter air, suppression of enemy air defenses…