backtop


Print 17 comment(s) - last by inperfectdarkn.. on Dec 15 at 10:19 AM

Final value of the contract will be determined in 2012

The F-35 program is facing more delays, this time at the urging of some military officials that want to slow down production in an effort to fix issues on the aircraft before there are large numbers in service. Defense News reports that the DoD now wants to stretch out its F-35 buy according to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 
Dempsey said, "We are committed, that is to say, the U.S. military, to the development of the fifth-generation fighter, clearly. There are some fact-of-life changes that we'll probably have to make based on the ability to procure it on timelines that we'd like to have."
 
The F-35 program is now feeling the threat of an issue from across the pond with European partner nations feeling the economic pinch that could result in reduced purchases of the F-35.
 
In addition, main F-35 contractor Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Pentagon that is “undefinitzed” and establishes a price ceiling for the F-35 aircraft. The Pentagon has granted the contract to Lockheed martin worth $4 billion to build 30 F-35 fighters for the USAF, Navy, and Marines.
 
Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Laurie Quincy wrote in an email, "Lockheed Martin has signed an undefinitized contract that establishes the funding for Lot 5 up to the level announced by the DoD today. The final Lot 5 contract amount will not be known until we have a definitized contract sometime in 2012."
 
The fixed price contract is for 21 conventional F-35A fighters, three F-35B STOVL aircraft, and six F-35C carrier fighters. The contact also allows for associated ancillary mission equipment and flight test instrumentation for the aircraft that will allow for flight test instrumentation for the UK. 
 
Quincy wrote, "This [contract] … will help ensure we continue to meet production schedules outlined by the program. This is an important first step in paving the way for full LRIP 5 production contract negotiations with our government customer."

Sources: DefenseNews 1, DefenseNews 2



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Good strategy
By gamerk2 on 12/13/2011 3:19:12 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
1) Having 30 "identical" F35s is better and cheaper than having 30 "different" F35s, and having 30 "no modifications required" F35s is better and cheaper than 29 "varying modifications required" F35s; but the path you've been going down is to have 30 uniquely different F35s, which sounds like an expensive way to do maintenance.


Not true. Remember, you have three diffrerent requirements that now need ONE airframe. That means a problem with any varient affects the other two, necessitating a re-design.

Having the "B" and "C" varients as one airframe is driving up costs: It has to be rugged enough to handle carrier landings AND resistent enough to heat to handle the VTOL capability. As each one runs into problems, it causes redesignes that affects the performance of the other.

Frankly, the "B" and "C" varients should have been seperate airframes. That would have driven down costs, as problems with the "B" and "C" varients wouldn't have affected the rest of the program.


"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki