Lockheed Martin Exceeds its 2021 F-35 Delivery Goal Written 4 January 2022


An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing  | U.S. Air Force photo by MSgt John Nimmo Sr.; Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain

Breaking Defense reports that Lockheed Martin “delivered three more F-35s than planned in 2021, handing over a total of 142 Joint Strike Fighters to US and international customers as the company continues to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.” In a statement to Breaking Defense, Bridget Lauderdale, Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Program, said that the company “was able to exceed its goal of 139 F-35s for 2021 due to the ‘efforts and dedication’ of its suppliers and workforce ‘combined with the efficiencies of digital engineering.’” Lockheed Martin spokesman Brett Ashworth said that the “three additional jets delivered in 2021 will count towards this year’s production goal, which remains at 151 to 153 jets.” Meeting its delivery goal for 2021 is a “good news story for Lockheed, which was forced to slow F-35 production in summer 2020 after COVID-19 upset the jet’s global supply chain.”
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