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Powering Job Creation for America and Its Allies


The F-35 is delivering more than 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 supporting high-paying, high-quality jobs to American workers across the country and around the world.


Investing in American Workers

The F-35 program generates $49 billion in annual economic impact and supports over a quarter of a million high-tech, high-skill jobs. Additionally, the F-35 program teams with nearly 1,900 suppliers – including more than 1,000 small businesses– to produce thousands of aircraft components.

Creating the Jobs of the Future

The F-35 program fosters advanced technology job creation in critical fields including artificial intelligence, cyber resilience, robotics, and advanced materials. 

Advancing the Digital Enterprise

The latest advanced technologies including digital twin, model-based engineering and agile software development – reduces the cost and schedule associated with aircraft development, operation, and sustainment.

“Machinists Union members take great pride in building the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for three U.S. military services. The F-35 program creates a powerful economic impact for our nation and it produces a game-changing aircraft that keeps our fighter pilots safe. Now is the time to invest in the best air-to-air fighter by ramping up the production line to reduce unit costs and continue to handle the world’s current and emerging threats.”

–Robert Martinez Jr., President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)