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Navy awards contract for F-35 support outside U.S.

By Sam Howard
The 300th production F-35 aircraft flies off the flight line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. File Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin
The 300th production F-35 aircraft flies off the flight line at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. File Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

June 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract modification to Lockheed Martin to set up depots for maintenance on and upgrades to F-35 aircraft.

The facilities will be located outside of the continental United States and will house work that will also repair and overhaul F-35s under the terms of the $73.6 million contract modification, according to the Department of Defense.

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The depots will be for maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade of F-35s, and Lockhood is authorized under the contract to procure support equipment, labor and Autonomic Logistics Information System hardware to stand up the depots.

Lockheed Martin will conduct work in Orlando, Fla., Fort Worth, Texas, El Segundo, Calif., New South Wales, Australia, and Cameri, Italy. The Defense Department expects work to conclude in February 2022.

The contract modification includes purchases for the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and entities outside of the Defense Department.

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