Lockheed CEO: F-35 challenges are “worth it”

During a breakfast press conference on 24 July in Arlington, Virginia, Lockheed Martin chief executive officer Bob Stevens responded to questions about affordability and development challenges, saying the F-35′s advanced capabilities are “worth it”. Lockheed officials also are emphasizing that the development programme appears to have finally stabilized, with the company adhering to the latest manufacturing schedule for the last eight or nine months. At the same time, programme officials also acknowledge the need to maintain that performance over the remaining five years of the development phase.

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5 Responses to Lockheed CEO: F-35 challenges are “worth it”

  1. Weaponhead 25 May, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Well since the F-3$ program has now “stablized”, according to Mr. Stevens, Lockheed should be able to sign a FFP contract for the rest of SDD. DoD go find out what that price is now!

    I also think the LRIP jets need to go on a true FFP basis rather than just a cost share on overruns above a certain overrun level. That practically guarantees additional overruns.

  2. RunningBear 25 May, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    This will really disappoint those that were depending upon the 10,000 changes, they had anticipated for the JSF program. Now that the program has moved ahead of the recently revised schedule, it will be re-baselined and re-aligned with those flight hours and test point achievements. With the soon deployments of BF-5 and CF-3 to Pax River, we should expect the last, added test plane CF-5 in two years, 2013.

    Eglin should receive the 14 training planes from LRIP1&2 this year, 2011. The eight AFs and the 6 BFs flying Block 1.0 system software should move the testing of Block 2.0 onto a more solid footing. Now that Gen. Robling is pressing for IOC with his fifty+ planes, it should get interesting to see Block 2B performing in the “Bee”s.

  3. Weaponhead 26 May, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    Especially when DoD/Taxpayers pay for all the overruns…

  4. fred 26 May, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    is there any news if the AF are satisfied with the first production model? i still think there will be changes, silly me.

  5. RunningBear 27 May, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Fred said,

    …any news if the AF (is) satisfied…? They have to test, accept and sign off on the proven, defined goals for each Block of development, so yes! The great advantage with the F-35 is the planned Block development of the “software” of the “Vehicle System” and the “Mission System”, and both are networked. That being said, satisfaction or “lack of” can be addressed “Easier” than adding a revised bulkhead or adding back the “fire suppresion” piping components (hardware/ weight). General Amos said recently, that not one ounce can be added to the “Bee” without him knowing about it.

    Block 0.5 was orginally accepted as the minimum for Training and later determined inadequate and subsequently the minimum was increased to Block 1.0. All training a/c (AF & BF) will fly with Block 1.0. Block 1.0 is currently being tested on BF-4, AF-3 and AF-6&7 were added to the testing resources leading to the acceptance of Block 1.0.

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