F-35 passes 300th delivery milestoneby Gareth Jennings, Jane's Defense Weekly
The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June.
The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May 2011. Besides Fort Worth, aircraft have also been delivered from the Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facilities in Italy and Japan.
With the 300th aircraft being a conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A for the US Air Force (USAF), 197 F-35A, 75 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), and 28 F-35C carrier variant (CV) JSFs have now been delivered to US and international customers.
According to Lockheed Martin, touch labour on the F-35 has been reduced by about 75% over the last five years while the production span time has decreased by about 20% since 2015. As such, the next 300 aircraft should all be delivered by the end of 2020.