Week of 12/19/2019

Almost To 131

Today, we hit 126 2019 F-35 deliveries. This means we are 5 away from meeting our 2019 F-35 Deliveries Commitment. We anticipate we will reach this milestone over the holiday break.

This year, Team Aero and the F-35 Nation came together and delivered on our commitments for our customers. Due to your efforts, we are on the verge of meeting our deliveries commitment for the third year in a row. This milestone highlights the maturity of the F-35 program and our readiness for full-rate production.

Next year, we will continue to make supply chain strides, refine our production process and commit to delivering 141 F-35s. Congratulations and let’s keep these jets in the air!

Seven New F-35As Arrive In The Land Downunder

Over the weekend, seven new F-35As touched down in the Land Downunder Fresh from Luke Air Force Base the F-35As will call RAAF Base Williamtown home. This brings the Royal Australian Air Forces (RAAF) F-35A total to 25.

Their arrival builds on Lockheed Martin’s nearly 50-year partnership with the Australian Government. The F-35A replaces the RAAF Hornet fighter fleet. The F-35 enterprise remains on track to provide another 72 F-35As to the RAAF.

Every F-35 that rolls off the Fort Worth Production Line contains parts and components from down under. In total, more than 50 Australian companies contribute to F-35 development, production and sustainment. These companies have received more than $1.3 billion in contracts and yield high-tech manufacturing jobs on Australian soil.

In 2020, I look forward to more F-35 Australian milestones, with their anticipated 2020 IOC. Great work, mates!

2019 Throwback Thursday: LRIP 12 – 14

This week, I want to highlight one last 2019 F-35 milestone. On Oct. 29 the F-35 program made history with the finalization of the Lot 12 -14 (LRIP 12-14) agreement with the Pentagon.

LRIP 12-14 is the largest F-35 production contract in history. This agreement covers the production and delivery of 478 F-35s and achieves our long-standing affordability target of $80 million by 2020, one year ahead of schedule. This agreement shows the F-35 program's maturity and readiness for full-rate production.

In 2020, the F-35 fleet will continue to expand. Today, 485 jets soar through the air, the F-35 calls 21 bases around the world home and 4 services have conducted combat operations with the F-35. Due to your efforts, these numbers will continue to grow.

Next year, we must continue this momentum. I said it once and I will say it again, my hat is off to you. Now we must focus on how to deliver on our commitment of affordability with the highest quality.

Santa’s Sweet Stealthy Sleigh

You better get to bed early this year because Santa may trade in his sleigh for a stealthy F-35! Over the weekend, Santa took a break from his busy schedule to visit the 419th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base.

Over the next few weeks, we will celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year. I hope you take the time to recharge and spend time with family and friends and I urge you to reach out to those who are less fortunate and share holiday cheer with them. Shake a hand, pay forward a cup of coffee, call a family member or friend and let them know they are on your mind. It makes a difference. Happy Holidays!

In the last 2019 F-35 Weekly Update I want to express my deep gratitude to you, the men and women who make the F-35 program go (program team, functional areas, suppliers & support personnel). It is because of you that we are able to accomplish our collective success. Thank you for your commitment and I look forward to all we will accomplish together in 2020.

Programming note: The F-35 Weekly Update will resume Jan. 9