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--- Quote ---The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is an Internationally oriented program consisting of partnerships with a number of countries. See below for links to the transcripts of the signing ceremonies of the official partnership of each of the programs cooperating partners
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End-of-year F-35 contracts and milestones announced | IHS Jane's 360 - 21 December 2015

--- Quote ---Two contracts valued at USD1.17 billion and USD84.4 million were awarded for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 long-lead items and LRIP 9 special tooling and special test equipment respectively.

For the LRIP Lot 11 award, Lockheed Martin is to acquire long-lead items for 80 F-35A aircraft (28 for the US Air Force [USAF]; 6 for the Royal Norwegian Air Force [RoNAF]; 4 for the Turkish Air Force [TuAF]; 8 for the Royal Netherlands Air Force [RNLAF]; 8 for the Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF]; 10 for the Israeli Air force [IAF]; 6 for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force [JASDF]; and 10 for the Republic of Korea Air Force [RoKAF]); 7 F-35B aircraft (6 for the US Marine Corps [USMC]; and 1 for the UK Royal Air Force [RAF]/Royal Navy [RN]); and 4 F-35C aircraft for the US Navy (USN).

This contract also includes an undefinitised contract action for production of 2 F-35A aircraft for the USAF and one F-35C aircraft for the US, and is expected to be completed in December 2019.
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Two Italian pilots fly for the first time in the F-35 jet from Luke Air Force Base | The Aviationist

--- Quote ---Interestingly, one Italian flew his mission in an Australian F-35A whereas the other one flew in a U.S. F-35 assigned to 56th FW. They were supported by Australian, USAF and Lockheed Martin ground crew and two IPs (Instructor Pilots) from the 61st Fighter Squadron flew alongside the Italians, chasing them through their first flight.
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First Italian F-35 flight


UK announces F-35 infrastructure contracts | IHS Jane's 360 - 7 April 2016

--- Quote ---The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin GBP142 million (USD200 million) for the building of new infrastructure at the future home base of the UK's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighter (JSF) force.

The contract, announced on 7 April, will see three facilities built at Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham in Norfolk to support the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to be fielded by the RAF and Royal Navy (RN).

Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted GBP118 million to BAE Systems to manage the building work by construction firm Balfour Beatty, with a Logistic Operations Centre, an Integrated Training Centre, and a Maintenance and Final Finishes Building to be erected. The work will begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed in 2018, to coincide with the arrival of the 617 'Dambusters' Squadron and the first aircraft at the station.
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Work on the new facilities is to begin later this month, and be complete in time for the arrival of the first aircraft at RAF Marham in 2018. Source: BAE Systems

Lockheed Martin readies Japan's first F-35A for September roll-out, advances international programmes
IHS Jane's 360 - 25 April 2016

--- Quote ---Japan's first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, designated aircraft AX-1, is on track for roll-out on 29 September, IHS Jane's has learnt during a tour of Lockheed Martin's F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where the first four aircraft destined for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) are being assembled.

AX-1 will then undergo a series of tests before being delivered on a yet to be determined date to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona - which has been selected as the primary training centre for US and international operators of the F-35A variant - to support training of the first cadre of JASDF pilots for the type.
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Farnborough 2016: Israeli industry waits on MoD for F-35 weapons decision | IHS Jane's 360 - 13 July 2016

--- Quote ---The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has yet to decide which, if any, domestic weapon systems are to be integrated onto its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, despite initial operating capability (IOC) for the type being just months away, IHS Jane's has learned.

Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on 13 July, an official who requested not to be identified due to inter-governmental sensitivities over the issue, said that Israeli weapons manufacturers are in something of 'a holding pattern' as they await direction from the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) as to how it wishes to proceed.
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Despite the first aircraft having already been handed over, Israel has still to decide which, if any, domestic weapon systems it wishes to integrate onto the aircraft. Source: Lockheed Martin


JASDF releases images of first F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 - 15 August 2016

--- Quote ---The images, released by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) on 14 August, show aircraft 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) in its completed state ahead of flight tests and delivery to the international training fleet at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, in the coming weeks. Four aircraft for the JASDF are currently being built at Fort Worth.

Japan has committed itself to buying 28 F-35As over the next five-years (6 of the aircraft are under contract), and has a total requirement of 42 to replace its ageing Mitsubishi-McDonnell Douglas F-4J Kai (Phantom II) aircraft, which have been in service since the early 1970s.
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The first F-35 for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is seen at the Fort Worth production facility ahead of the commencement of flight trials and delivery. Source: Japan Air Self-Defense Force

First Japanese F-35A presented at rollout ceremony | IHS Jane's 360 - 23 September 2016

--- Quote ---The ceremony was attended by more than 400 government, military, and industry officials, according to Lockheed Martin. Kenji Wakamiya, Japan's State minister of defence, said that the multirole fighter would augment Japan's security and its economy once production and depot maintenance ramps up at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Japan Air Self Defense Force Chief of Air Staff, address the ceremony audience as Japan’s first F-35A aircraft is revealed at the Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 23. Lockheed Martin photo by Beth Steel.


Singapore Eyes F-35 for 2030 Time Frame | Defense news - October 3, 2016

--- Quote ---Singapore has long been linked to the F-35 program, and in February 2015 Joint Program Office head Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said he believed the country has “begun to take the next step toward making a decision.”

But since then, there has been little visible movement from Singapore towards procuring the jet. It is also unclear what variant of the jet the country might eventually seek to buy.
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Turkey expects first F-35 delivery in 2018, plans more orders | reuters - Oct 28, 2016

--- Quote ---Turkey expects to take delivery of its first Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-35A fighter jets in 2018 and has decided to order a second batch, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries said on Friday.

It did not say how many more of the fighter jets it planned to order but two U.S. officials familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the second batch would comprise 24 jets.

The Undersecretariat said it expected the new orders to be delivered in 2021 and 2022. Its statement was released after a meeting of its executive committee chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Lockheed is building three variants of the F-35 for the U.S. military and 10 countries that plan to buy the jets: Britain, Australia, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Japan and South Korea.

A Lockheed representative said the company is "honored" by Turkey’s continued commitment to the F-35 program which was further demonstrated by the decision by the DIEC today.
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Turkey to Order New F-35 Lightning II Jets | defense news - October 31, 2016

--- Quote ---ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s top defense procurement panel has agreed to officially order a second batch of F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft under the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

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Under the JSF program, Turkey has committed to procure a total of 116 aircraft. Turkey placed its first JSF order in 2014 under its low-rate initial production 10 program.

Turkey’s procurement and military officials are hoping to build a new-generation, dual-fighter jet fleet by their country’s centennial, 2023, comprising of the F-35 and an indigenous aircraft, known as TFX, that Ankara has been designing. Turkey hopes to receive its first F-35 in 2018.
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DoD finalises LRIP 9 contract for F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 - 03 November 2016

--- Quote ---The contract, which was announced by the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 2 November, will cover 57 aircraft (42 F-35As, 13 F-35Bs, and 2 F-35Cs) and is valued at approximately USD6.1 billion. LRIP 9 aircraft deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.

As noted by the JPO, the LRIP 9 contract sees a 3.7% reduction (weighted average) from the LRIP 8 contract signed in December 2014, and an overall 58% price reduction since the LRIP 1 contract. The Blueprint for Affordability effort has also resulted in per unit cost reductions of approximately USD1.1 million for LRIP 9 aircraft.

This finalised LRIP 9 contract does not include engines, as a separate agreement was finalised between the US government and Pratt & Whitney in April. That agreement saw the DoD agree USD1.4 billion for 66 engines, plus spares.
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