Powering Job Creation for America and its Allies
Lockheed Martin's F-35 is delivering more than just air combat superiority to the men and women of the United States armed forces. As an added benefit for the nation's economy, it's simultaneously delivering tens of thousands of high paying, high quality jobs to American workers across the country, and around the world.
According to standard industry accepted economic forecasting, the multirole 5th generation stealth fighter is responsible for more than 133,000 direct and indirect U.S. jobs, making it the single largest job generator in the Department of Defense program budget.
Projections indicate those employment figures could more than double with full rate production. In the years ahead, the F-35 program will create more jobs than any other Department of Defense initiative this decade.
Equally impressive to the program's job creation prowess is the sheer size of its economic footprint. The Lockheed Martin F-35 program teams with more than 1,300 domestic suppliers in 44 states and Puerto Rico to produce thousands of components from highly sophisticated radar sensors to the aircraft's mid fuselage.
Analysts believe that during the life of the program, the F-35 will contribute more than $380 billion to the American economy and provide billions of more dollars in U.S. exports.