Lockheed Martin Corp. delivered the UK’s first international F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at a ceremony held in Fort Worth, Texas, the company announced Thursday.
Philip Hammond, the U.K.’s secretary of state for defense, and Frank Kendall, U.S. defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, were in attendance.
Lockheed Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens said this is the first international delivery of the F-35.
The U.K. is the first of eight international partners to join the F-35 program and will help produce and develop the plane for the next 40 years, the company said.
The F-35 is a collaboration between Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.
According to the company, the F-35 will replace the U.S. Air Force’s A-10 and F-16, the Navy’s F/A-18, the Marine Corps’ F/A-18 and AV8-B Harrier and other fighter planes for more than 10 international partners.