Holy staggering sums of money, Batman (older readers will get the reference)! Lockheed has been awarded a $1.4B contract for “recurring logistics services for delivered F-35” (1). Here’s the announcement,
“Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,421,735,530 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for recurring logistics services for delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter air systems in support of the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, non-Department of Defense (DoD) participants, and foreign military sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities; action request resolution; depot activation activities; Automatic Logistics Information System operations and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work … is expected to be completed in April 2019.”
That’s a one year logistics support contract for $1.4 billion dollars!!!!!!
13-Mar-2018, around 280 F-35s have been
produced. Doing the math, that equates
to $5M dollars of logistics support per aircraft for the upcoming year.
$5M per aircraft !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And that doesn’t include parts, fuel, or military labor costs – all the things that you would commonly think of as operational costs. Those are extra!
Does the F-35 burn money instead of jet fuel?