Test equipment, special tooling for F-35s contracted by USAF

BETHESDA, Md. Lockheed Martin won a $153.4 million contract to procure test equipment and tooling for the F-35 Lightning II. The deal covers special tooling and special test equipment "required to meet current and future F-35 Lightning II low-rate initial production as well as full-rate production rates," the Department of Defense said.

The modification to a previous contract uses aircraft funds from fiscal 2018, 2019, and 2020 and combines purchasing funds of $55.8 million from the U.S. Air Force, $51.9 million from the U.S. Navy, and $22.2 million from the U.S. Marine Corps.

It also includes $17.6 million from non-U.S. Department of Defense partners and $5.8 million from foreign military sales funds. The full amount of the contract has been obligated to Lockheed at the time of the award, $39.9 million of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Work is expected to be completed in December 2023.