Lockheed Martin’s plan to cut the unit cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to less than $80 million by 2019 is tracking to target and will be boosted by Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall’s recent call for an international block buy, says F-35 Executive Vice President and General Manager Lorraine Martin. Revealing new details of the company’s assembly improvement plan for the aircraft, Martin says production hours per F-35 are on target to shrink to less than ...


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