Jeff Babione: Lockheed Can Handle F-35 Block Buy in FY 2017

F-35Lockheed Martin has said it maintains the capability to produce F-35 fighter jets to fulfill a potential block buy from the program’s international partners in fiscal year 2017, Defense News reported Thursday.

Jeff Babione, Lockheed’s F-35 program manager, said the Joint Program Office must finalize its decision within the next six months so that Lockheed will be able to prepare the supply chain, Lara Seligman reports.

“It takes about two years to order the parts for any given lot, you really need about two, two and a half years to make sure the supply chain is ready for that,” Babione told the Air Force Association’s air warfare symposium in Orlando, Florida.

“For a 2018 buy we probably have time, for 2017 we probably need to do that in the next six months,” he added.

You may also be interested in...

Blue Origin

Blue Origin Launches 14th New Shepard Mission With Updated Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, used a capsule with updated crew systems during the company's 14th mission with the New Shepard rocket. The updated capsule featured new push-to-talk communications systems, noise reduction tools, cushioned wall linings, environmental systems and a crew alert system, Blue Origin said Thursday.

Teledyne

Teledyne Subsidiary to Produce Additional Navy LCS Missile Defense Modules

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary has secured an $18M contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four more missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship mission package.

Orion

Lockheed’s Orion Spacecraft Concludes Assembly, Testing for NASA’s Artemis Mission to Lunar Orbit

Lockheed Martin has sent the Orion capsule to NASA’s exploration ground systems team for final preparations ahead of the unmanned Artemis I mission to lunar orbit that will launch later this year. The spacecraft concluded assembly operations and testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.