Lockheed Martin's F-35 program picked up headway with the Netherlands signing last week to be the first Tier 2 participant (with an $802-million investment) in the 10-year-long System Development and Demonstration phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program. Italy is expected to sign on (at $1.028 billion) as the other within a few weeks. Norway also is expected to join as a Tier 3 member in a few weeks, and Turkey is expected to sign up by July, both at the $150-million investment level. ...


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