28 Oct '14, 2pm

Via @defense_news: Lockheed, Pentagon Agree on Eighth F-35 Lot:

Via @defense_news: Lockheed, Pentagon Agree on Eighth F-35 Lot:

WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with the Pentagon to procure the eighth lot of F-35 joint strike fighters, including the first stealthy jets for Israel and Japan. The agreement for low-rate initial production (LRIP) lot eight covers 43 production models, according to a press release issued jointly by the company and the F-35 joint program office (JPO). The contract is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, with production beginning in 2016. The LRIP 8 contract covers 19 conventional F-35A models for the US Air Force, six of the jump-jet F-35B variants for the US Marine Corps, and four of the carrier-variant F-35C models for the US Navy. Internationally it includes the first two F-35As for Israel, the first four F-35As for Japan, two F-35As for Norway and two F-35As for Italy. Additionally, the United Kingdom will receive four F-35B models under...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141027/DEFREG02/3102...

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