May 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy for hiring and training on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the U.S. and foreign partners.
The contract award from Naval Air Systems Command was announced Monday by the Department of Defense and enables Lockheed Martin to provide "long lead hiring and training activities" to support the Joint Strike Fighter programs of the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, according to the Defense Department.
The contract is valued at more than $8.8 million, which is a a modification to a previous Pentagon award under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.
Work on the contract will occur in Texas and Florida, and is expected to be complete in December 2018.
The total cumulative value of the contract will be obligated to Lockheed Martin at time of award from non-Department of Defense participant funds.
The obligated funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year in September, according to the Pentagon.