Lockheed Martin officials have been sweating bullets over the last few weeks, as lawmakers bandied talk of wide-ranging budget cuts to fund the huge hurricane relief effort. Talk naturally turned to defense programs, including the company’s venerated Joint Strike Fighter program. But F-35 Program Vice President Tom Burbage tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that despite the probable reduction in the number of aircraft the US military may purchase, the cost of the fighter will remain steady. Burbage doesn’t think cuts this early in the program would affect production rates. “We think the front end will remain pretty stable,” he said.
The Air Force’s plans for its portion of joint all-domain command and control have taken a major step forward. The service awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity, multiple-award contract worth up to $950 million to 27 companies.