LOCKHEED MARTIN RECEIVES TWELFTH ANNUAL CONTRACT FOR F-2 COMPONENT WORK
FORT WORTH, Texas, 04/08/2008 --
|The F-2 Support Fighter is a multirole, single-engine fighter aircraft produced for the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). It was jointly developed and is now being jointly produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI, Japan's prime contractor), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (principal U.S. subcontractor to MHI), and other Japan and United States industries.|
With the award of this twelfth and final annual F-2 production contract, Lockheed Martin will begin fabrication and delivery of components for the last eight aircraft, said Jim Shidler, Lockheed Martin F-2 program director. In addition, following completion of production it is imperative that the fielded aircraft are effectively maintained and enhanced in order to meet the long-term operational requirements of the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). In this regard, Lockheed Martin is working with MHI to define appropriate industry post-production involvement.
This new award to Lockheed Martin brings the total aircraft under contract to 94, which is the total that the Japan Government has authorized for production. Lockheed Martin has completed components for the first 83 F-2 aircraft from those orders initiated under the 11 previous annual contracts. For the final contract, the company will continue to provide all of the aft fuselages, wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80 percent of all left-hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment. Lockheed Martin components are shipped to MHI's Komaki-South facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they are assembled with other components by MHI to form the F-2. MHI delivered the first production aircraft to the Ministry of Defense in September 2000, and plans to complete delivery of the first 76 aircraft early in Japan fiscal year 2008.
|Based on the design of the Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, the F-2 was designed to meet the unique requirements of the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF). Although capable of both air-to-air and air-to-surface roles, the F-2 emphasizes the air-to-surface role because its primary mission is protection of Japan's sea lanes.|
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