Lockheed Martin has received a $14.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to determine if the current F-35 air system can address future operational requirements.
The company will also help the service branch explore cost and weight reduction strategies as well as conduct modeling and simulation efforts under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the Defense Department said Monday.
Work also includes additional analysis efforts to examine changes to the aircraft’s design life, operational readiness, reliability and air system design and configuration.
The service branch will obligate $5 million in fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds at the time of award.
Lockheed will perform contract work in Fort Worth, Texas, through December 2018.