Marines Receive First F-35C Lightning II Carrier Variant
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
January 23, 2015
The first F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for the U.S. Marine Corps touched-down on the flight line here, Jan. 13, from the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas, to begin training in support of carrier-based operations.
Dutch F-35s Arrive In California
Netherlands Ministry of Defense
January 17, 2015
The first batch of the Dutch F-35s are expected to start operating from the Netherlands from 2019 onwards. The Netherlands Defence organisation has decided to purchase at least 37 of the new fighter aircraft. Twenty technicians, 4 pilots and 10 support personnel have already been trained to work with the F-35s. Photo credit: Netherlands Ministry of Defense
Luke Announces Pro Bowl, Super Bowl Involvement
Like Air Force Base
January 16, 2015
Jan. 25 Pro Bowl: The first-ever F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter flyover at a sporting event is scheduled for the Pro Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The 61st Fighter Squadron will perform the flyover and the game will be on ESPN. It is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. local time. Pre-game ceremonies will include a Joint Color Guard of service members across Arizona, including Luke Airmen.
F-35 Flyover from Inside the Stadium (36 secs)
F-35 Flyover from Outside the Stadium (44 secs)
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Pratt & Whitney a modification to a previously awarded contract for the eighth lot of F135 propulsion systems to power F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Today's announcement for $793 million raises the total contract value to $1.052 billion. Previous awards, valued at $259 million, were given for long lead items and sustainment.
The low rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the eighth lot will deliver 48 total engines. The contract also includes program management, engineering support, and spare modules. Average prices for the conventional takeoff and landing and carrier variant (CTOL/CV) and short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant engines were reduced roughly 3.5 to 4.5 percent respectively from LRIP 7 to LRIP 8.
"Pratt & Whitney continues to keep their commitment to lower costs for the F135 propulsion system," said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer. "The government has negotiated a price reduction for every lot of engines, and the latest LRIP 7 and 8 contracts have demonstrated Pratt & Whitney's commitment to the plan."
Contract Awarded on Seventh Lot of F135 Engines
F-35 Joint Program Office and Pratt & Whitney Media Announcement
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Pratt & Whitney a contract for the seventh lot of F135 propulsion systems to power F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Today's contract announcement for $592 million raises the total procurement contract value to $680 million. In December 2013, a $263 million sustainment contract was previously awarded bringing the total LRIP 7 propulsion cost to $943 million.
The low rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the seventh lot will deliver 36 total engines. The contract also includes program management, engineering support and spare modules. The contract also includes Pratt & Whitney's commitment to cover the cost of corrective actions for previously delivered propulsion systems and modules to correct the third stage fan blade failure. Both parties anticipate a follow on LRIP 8 contract for 48 engines to be awarded in the near future.
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