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$145M to Lockheed for F-2 Fighter Components

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Mitsubisihi F-2s(click to view full) Lockheed Martin has received a contract from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan to manufacture components for 5 additional F-2 production aircraft. MHI is the prime contractor for the F-2 multi-role fighter, which is derived from Lockheed’s F-16C but has over 25% more wing area and uses advanced composite materials much more extensively. While the range increases are very useful to Japan given their need to cover large land and maritime areas, the resulting aircraft ended up costing almost as much as an F-15J without delivering the same performance; and so production is expected to end at 86-96 aircraft. This new award brings the total aircraft under contract to 81. F-2 Multirole Fighter Lockheed Martin is producing or has produced components for 76 F-2 aircraft from those orders initiated under the 9 previous annual contracts. The company will continue to provide all the aft fuselages, wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80% of all left-hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment. Lockheed Martin components are shipped to MHI’s Komaki-South facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they are assembled by MHI with other components to form the F-2. Deliveries are expected to begin […]

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