Andrea Shalal-Esa writes Lorraine Martin, Lockheed executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 program, told employees and visitors at the ceremony that 2013 marks a transformational year for the F-35 program.
The company expects to complete deliveries for a batch of 36 F-35s before year’s end despite test-flight delays caused by a recent ice storm, according to the article.
Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Aeronautics executive vice president, told Reuters the business aims to deliver 38 F-35s next year and is looking for ways to further reduce the aircraft’s cost.
“What we’re going to do is stay focused on the fundamentals, day in and day out, and just keep finishing the development,” Carvalho added, Shalal-Esa reports.
“With any program like this, you always have to be worried about an unknown that may come out of nowhere. We’re never going to sit here and say we’re out of the woods,” he added.