The Global F-35 Enterprise
The F-35 is developed, produced, and supported by an international team of government allies and aerospace industry leaders. The F-35 Program is managed by the Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy are all procuring and operating F-35s. The program was founded by 9 international partners — the U.S., United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Canada. Four Foreign Military Sales customers are also procuring and operating the F-35 — Israel, Japan, South Korea and Belgium.
Lockheed Martin serves as the prime contractor with a global supply chain of more than 1,600 companies based in the United States and in every nation acquiring the F-35.
Powering Job Creation for America and its Allies
Lockheed Martin's F-35 is delivering more than just air combat superiority to the men and women of the United States armed forces. As an added benefit for the nation's economy, it's simultaneously delivering tens of thousands of high paying, high quality jobs to American workers across the country, and around the world.
According to standard industry accepted economic forecasting, the multirole 5th Gen stealth fighter is responsible for more than 220,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs.
Equally impressive to the program's job creation prowess is the sheer size of its economic footprint. The Lockheed Martin F-35 program teams with nearly 1,400 domestic suppliers in 45 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft's mid fuselage.