Lockheed, Pentagon Working On Fix For F-35B Bulkhead Cracks

By Amy Butler
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

The exact cost of the fix is not yet known, but the F-35 program “has budgeted for findings during the durability test program,” Dellavedova says. The cost to each aircraft receiving the retrofit will depend on which lot it was manufactured in. Beginning with the recently negotiated LRIP 6 contract and LRIP 5 before it, Lockheed Martin equally shares financial responsibility for the cost. The government pays for a larger share of the cost for aircraft in earlier lots.

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