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Delivering 5th Generation Sustainment for Mission Readiness

The F-35 team is working across government and industry for greater affordability. Lockheed Martin is committed to sustaining the aircraft at a cost similar to that of legacy aircraft and has significantly lowered our share of cost per flight hour over the last five years. 



Zeroed in on Affordability
The Lockheed Martin-owned portion of the Operation & Sustainment cost per flight hour has decreased by 44%, and an additional 40% cost reduction is anticipated over the next five years.

Increasing Availability 

The global F-35 fleet's readiness rates continue to improve averaging mid-70% mission capable rates. 

Investing in Improvements

The F-35 team has invested more than $400 million in sustainment improvements including digital tools, parts availability and process efficiencies. 


"The key to keeping the cost down in an air fleet is getting the numbers up. There is a strong correlation between the size of the fleet and the cost of the fleet. In my view, we should get the cost down and keep the procurement at a rate that makes sense."

The Honorable Frank Kendall III, Secretary of the Air Force Nominee