Lockheed Martin has received a $49 million contract from the United States to design and develop an F-35 variant “tailored for an unspecified Foreign Military Sales customer”.
The company will perform engineering work and other efforts relating to the design and development of a new variant of the aircraft as part of the five-year project, the Department of Defense said Monday.
Don’t expect the new variant to be as different to the others as F-35B is from C for example. This is likely more like the F-35I, an F-35A with unique Israeli avionics modifications.
According to a contract notice:
“Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $49,059,494 cost-plus-incentive-fee-contract that provides engineering and other related activities in support of the design and development of a Joint Strike Fighter aircraft variant tailored for an unspecified Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer.
Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (77%); Redondo Beach, California (14%); Orlando, Florida (6%); Baltimore, Maryland (1%); Owego, New York (1%) and Samlesbury, United Kingdom (1%), and is expected to be completed in December 2026. FMS funds in the amount $49,059,494 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.”
Foreign Military Sales?
According to the U.S. Goverment here, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) is the U.S. Government’s program for “transferring defense articles, services, and training to our international partners and international organizations”.
The FMS program is funded by administrative charges to foreign purchasers and is operated at no cost to taxpayers.
“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) administers the FMS program for the Department of Defense (DoD). Under FMS, the U.S. Government uses DoD’s acquisition system to procure defense articles and services on behalf of its partners. Eligible countries may purchase defense articles and services with their own funds or with funds provided through U.S. Government-sponsored assistance programs.”