Lockheed Martin company can get a contract for the modernization of 93 promising fighters F-35 Lightning II. As reported by Flightglobal, aircraft manufactured or ordered on the initial steps applets Joint Strike Fighter, is planned to improve versions of Block 2B, 3i and 3F.
Probable price contract is not specified. Coupled with the fact the Lexington Institute analyst (Lexington Institute) Dan Goor (Dan Goure), which refers to the publication, said that the cost of upgrading will be significant.
In order to avoid unnecessary costs on the following upgrades to the aircraft the U.S. Defense Department, namely, decided to lower their rate of production of the original F-35. With all this, by the views of Gura, in the case of the Pentagon richer source of production might have at the moment to get a sufficient amount of weapons on the F-35 more earliest versions, which in any case exceed the features on F-16 fighters.
In total programm Joint Strike Fighter involves construction of above 3 thousand fighters F-35 in 3 versions: F-35A (Air Force), F-35B (with short takeoff and vertical landing) and F-35C (start with using catapults). With all of this almost two and a half thousand will buy aircraft Air Force, Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. In addition, armed with F-35 plan to England, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Japan and several other states.