How A $2,852 Sum Threatens Lockheed’s F-35A Cost-Saving Plan

F-35A line maintenance
A proposal for the Air Force to reduce F-35A line maintenance workforce costs by 33% might require a separate maintenance-training pipeline for the F-35A.
Credit: R. Nial Bradshaw/U.S. Air Force
Lockheed Martin’s plan to lower the F-35A’s cost per flight hour to $25,000 by 2025 comes with a caveat worth about $2,852, a sum that could play a major role in the U.S. Air Force’s emerging fighter fleet strategy. The $33,000 cost per flight hour—a metric expressed in fiscal 2012 dollar values—for...

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