Singapore 2010: Spotlight likely to be on F-35 programme

F-35 right size.jpgMore Asian countries are likely to assess the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the coming years as a possible solution to their fighter requirements, and that should result in the aircraft taking the spotlight next week.

But expect a lot of questions from the media for the Lockheed executives next week, especially on the F-35′s delivery timeline after the latest news about possible delays to the programme.

Countries like Singapore, South Korea and Japan will also wonder when they would be able to get their hands on the F-35 – and that could have an impact on Boeing and its ability to sell the F-15 Silent Eagle or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

To Lockheed’s constant chagrin, Boeing executives have always maintained that there are likely to be delays to the F-35 that could open the market up for their products. Expect that mudslinging between Lockheed and Boeing – whether it is in private or in public – to continue next week.

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