The 45th F-35 delivered in 2015, seen at Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth facility.

F-35: delivery rate close to four monthly

Delivery rate for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II averaged close to four a month in 2015. In absolute numbers, 45 were delivered compared to 36 in 2014. The figure marks the highest yearly production rate of the 5th generation fighter jet so far.

The US Department of Defense accepted the 45th F-35 aircraft produced this year earlier in December. Among the aircraft delivered is also the aircraft was delivered to the Italian Air Force in December after being assembled and test flown by Alenia Aermacchi earlier this year. A production line in Japan is also gaining momentum.

“Meeting aircraft production goals is a critical stepping stone in demonstrating the program is ready for the expected significant production ramp up,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 Program Executive Officer. “It took thousands of people around the world to achieve this milestone and they should all be proud of what they accomplished.”

Lightning II numbers

The 45 F-35 deliveries include 26 F-35A  for the US Air Force, eight F-35B and four F-35Cs for the US Marine Corps, another four F-35Cs to the US Navy, two F-35As for the Royal Norwegian Air Force and finally, the Italian F-35A already mentioned.

Most aircraft were sent to Luke Air Force base in Arizona, while others went to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Eglin Air Force Base, Hill Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest