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F-35 Lightning II Program Status Update

Published: Mon November 12th, 2012 via: Lockheed Martin


F-35 Lightning II Program Status and Fast Facts November 11, 2012


Program Status

  • Cumulative flight test activity totals for 2012 as of October 31, are provided below:
    • F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) jets have flown 437 times.
    • F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft have completed 352 flights. o F-35C carrier variant (CV) jets have flown 222 times.
  • Since December 2006, F-35s have flown 3,253 times and accrued more than 5,117 cumulative flight hours. This total includes 91 flights from the original test aircraft, AA-1; 2,439 SDD test flights; and 723 production-model flights. For video highlights of the F-35 program, click here.
  • On October 4, BF-17 ferried to PAX and completed its first SDD flight on November 1.
  • On October 11, the CV variant achieved 400 flights.
  • On October 16, an F-35A CTOL aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound
  • GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).
  • On October 19, BK-2 and BF-16 ferried to Eglin AFB.
  • On October 19, an F-35A test aircraft completed the first aerial weapon release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM
  • (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) from a CTOL.
  • AF-4 completed the first F-35 Spin Recovery Chute taxi deployment on October 20, the first F-35 flight
  • with the SRC on October 24, and the first High AoA mission at 26 and 30 degrees AoA on October 29.
  • On October 17, AF-7 performed the first in-flight SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne
  • Radio System) test on an F-35.
  • During the month of October, two days of record 19 F-35 flights were completed – October 19 and October
  • 23.
  • On October 25, the SDD Fleet achieved 1000 flights.
  • On October 23, the entire F-35 Fleet (AA-1, SDD, and LRIP) achieved 5000 hours.
  • On November 2, Eglin completed their 500th sortie.
  • On November 5, BF-18 ferried to Marietta on its way to PAX November 6.

F-35 Fleet Status
F-35 Deliveries

  • 38 F-35s have been delivered to the Department of Defense:
    • 12 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) aircraft
    • 26 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) aircraft, including two international F-35s

System Development and Demonstration (SDD) Fleet

  • 14 F-35s comprise the SDD test fleet. There are six F-35As assigned to Edwards AFB, Calif., and five F- 35Bs along with three F-35Cs stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Aircraft

  • There are 22 LRIP F-35s based at Eglin AFB, Fla.
  • There are 2 LRIP F-35s based at PAX River NAS, Maryland.
  • There are two LRIP F-35s based at Edwards AFB, Calif.
  • There are ten LRIP F-35s undergoing checkout flights at the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Funding
  • Long-lead funding approved for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 5 and an undefinitized contract action (UCA) was signed on Dec. 9, 2011(approx. 30 aircraft)
  • Full funding approved for LRIP lot 4 (31 aircraft)
  • Full funding approved for LRIP lot 3 (17 aircraft)
  • Full funding approved for LRIP lot 2 (12 aircraft)
  • Full funding approved for LRIP lot 1 (2 aircraft)

Current as of November 11, 2012
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International Partners and Planned Quantities

  • USAF 1,763
  • USN 260
  • USMC  80 F-35Cs/340 F-35Bs
  • U.K. RAF/RN 138
  • Italy 90
  • Netherlands 85
  • Turkey 100
  • Australia 100
  • Norway 52
  • Denmark 30
  • Canada 65

*Based on current programs of record.Decisions

  • On August 28, 2012, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was awarded a $206,821,828 modification to a previously awarded cost-reimbursement contract to begin phase one of the Israeli System Development and Demonstration program.
  • On June 29, 2012 Japan formally signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance to procure its initial order of four F- 35A CTOLs and simulators. (June 2012)
  • On June 14, 2012 the Norwegian Parliament approved the country’s full participation in the F-35 program. This decision expands Norway’s commitment from four training jets approved in 2011 to the full complement of 52 F-35s, subject to annual approvals by Parliament. (June 2012)
  • The Turkish Defense Industry Executive Committee authorized the procurement of two F-35 Lightning II aircraft that will be built in Low Rate Initial Production Lot 7. (January 2012)
  • The Japan Ministry of Defense announced its selection of the F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) next generation fighter aircraft, following the F-X competitive bid process. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant (CTOL) was offered by the United States government with participation from Lockheed Martin. The initial contract will be for four jets in Japan Fiscal Year 2012, which begins April 1, 2012. (December 2011)
  • The Norwegian Parliament unanimously approved the funding of four (4) F-35 Lightning II training jets to begin fulfilling Norway's future air-combat capability requirements. (June 2011)
  • The Dutch Parliament made a decision and agreed to procure a second test F-35 Netherlands aircraft for inclusion in the test and evaluation phase of SDD. (April 2011)

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