BLUFLockheed Martin is buying in bulk, entering into long-term contracts with suppliers and automating as many processes as possible to make the production of F-35s more efficient and less costly.
Stephen Losey writing in DefenseNews makes the following points:
- US Government has criticised Lockheed Martin over F-35 sustainment costs.
- In 2022, it costs nearly double what the government planned to fly an F-35.
- Lockheed Martin claims it is doing its best to reduce the sustainment/running costs of the F-35.
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References from the Web:
- SEP 2021 Lockheed Martin Forecasts 40% Reduction In F-35 Sustainment Costs Over Five Years-Forbes
- MAR 2022 Australia spent billions on jet fighters off the plan. Now, we’re having trouble even flying them-the Conversation.
- APR 2022 Australia To Spend A Whopping $14.6B To Maintain Its US-Origin F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Fleet?- The EurAsian Times