Lockheed’s Greg Ulmer: Air Force Could Issue F-35 Logistics, Sustainment Solicitation in Spring

Greg Ulmer EVP
Greg Ulmer, EVP, Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin

Greg Ulmer, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's aeronautics business, has said the U.S. Air Force could release a solicitation for logistics and sustainment support for F-35 aircraft this spring, Inside Defense reported Friday.

Ulmer told reporters that Lockheed is in talks with the Department of Defense for a performance-based logistics agreement intended to help reduce long-term costs for sustaining the aircraft.

He noted that Lockheed is working to retain neutrality in its position regarding costs for F-35 production and that a cost-per-flying-hour reduction to $25,000 by 2025 is achievable.

Lockheed secured a $1.28 billion undefinitized contract action from the DOD to support sustainment of the global F-35 fleet in January.

The company and team members Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems will provide support through June 30.

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