Despite being badly hit by COVID-19 Pandemic, Lockheed Martin’s informs that the company manages to deliver 123 F-35 fifth generation fighter aircraft in 2020.
Lockheed Martin missed the annual delivery goal by just 18 aircraft. Initially the annual delivery goal of F-35 was to deliver 141 aircraft in 2020. The 123rd aircraft, F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant delivered to Italian Air Force.
But as COVID-19 pandemic arrive, company revised its delivery goal from 141 to 117-123 aircraft to strategically avoid surging, which would increase production-related costs and create future delays and disruption.
“The F-35 joint enterprise team rapidly responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to deliver the unmatched combat capability the F-35 brings to the Warfighter,” said Bill Brotherton, acting vice president and general manager of the F-35 program. “Achieving this milestone amid a global pandemic is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team and their commitment to our customers’ missions.”
74 F-35s were delivered to the United States military, 31 to international partner nations and 18 to Foreign Military Sales customers.
Out of 123 aircrafts, 94 is a conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) F-35A variant, 20 F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) and 9 F-35 for catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery operations.
More than 600 F-35 fighter aircraft are currently operating from 26 bases and ships around the globe. Lockheed Martin F-35 generally considered as one of the most deadliest fighter aircraft in the world, primarily developed for United States.