STT757 wrote:Lockheed Martin delivered 134 F-35s in 2019, beating their goal of 131. Impressive, when was the last time that many fighters were built by a manufacturer in a single year? Perhaps the F-16 in the early Nineties?
Their goal is to deliver 141 in 2020. This is great news and the services need to keep these numbers up to meet the needs of their fighter fleets.
What I would really love to see is lots of export sales. Besides for some diversity in the fleet, a reason I support the F-15EX is in total aircraft produced, the US can upgrade existing squadrons, leaving all the more space for export sales. But as we have seen far too often budgets get cut and inadequate numbers join the fleet. The average fleet age is far too high at the moment, along with a depleted fleet.
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