Navy Taps Lockheed to Develop F-35 Fuselage Structure Modifications

Jeff Brody

Lockheed Martin has secured a three-year, $34.7M undefinitized contract from the U.S. Navy to create an engineering change proposal for F-35 fighter jets that will allow the aircraft to carry heavy weaponry.

According to a Department of Defense notice posted Thursday, Lockheed’s engineering modifications will allow transport of heavy weaponry through the production of structurally enhanced bulkheads within the fuselages of F-35A and F-35C combat aircraft.

The Naval Air Systems Command will obligate at the time of award $10M in fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation funds from the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps as well as non-DoD entities.

Work under the cost-plus-incentive-fee award is expected to take place in Fort Worth, Texas through July 2022.

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