Lockheed Martin Receives Fifth Major Contract to Produce Components For Japan's F-2 Fighter

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
 (MHI), the prime contractor for Japan's new F-2 support fighter, has awarded a
 fifth annual contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. for tasks in the
 manufacture of an additional nine F-2 production aircraft.
     Lockheed Martin already is producing components for the first 36 aircraft
 under four previous annual contracts.  This fifth contract, which began April
 1 and is valued at over $180 million, brings the total to 45 aircraft.  Under
 this contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to provide all the aft fuselages,
 wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80 percent of all left-
 hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment.
     In July 2000, Lockheed Martin successfully concluded activity on the
 second major contract and is currently delivering products required in the
 third contract.  Lockheed Martin components are shipped to MHI's Komaki-South
 facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they are assembled with other components by
 MHI to form the F-2.
     "Lockheed Martin continues to be very proud of its long-standing role in
 the F-2 cooperative program, and the F-2 team at LM Aeronautics is dedicated
 to continue to deliver the highest quality products, on schedule, to its
 customer, MHI," said Charles E. Doyle, F-2 program director at Lockheed Martin
 Aeronautics Co. in Fort Worth.  "We have delivered over 100 major airframe,
 avionics and avionics support equipment components to MHI since we began our
 production deliveries in late 1998."
     Japan selected the F-16 as the basis for the design of its new support
 fighter in 1987.  The Japan Defense Agency's Technical Research and
 Development Institute this past summer completed extensive flight tests in
 Japan of four prototype aircraft, designated XF-2.  MHI delivered the first
 production aircraft to the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) in a ceremony at its
 Komaki-South facility in September 2000.  By the end of March 2001, 18 F-2s
 were delivered to the JDA.
     Lockheed Martin was the principal U.S. subcontractor during development
 and also has that role in the production of the F-2.  The JDA plans to
 purchase 130 F-2s.
     Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is a leader in the design, development,
 systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and
 related technologies.  Its customers include the military services of the
 United States and allied countries throughout the world.  Products include the
 F-22, F-16, F-117, C-5, C-27J, C-130, P-3 and U-2.  The company leads a team
 competing for the development and production of the Joint Strike Fighter.
     LM Aeronautics is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:   LMT),
 headquartered in Bethesda, Md.  Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise
 principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and
 integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services.  The
 corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics and
 technology services.
 
     For information on Lockheed Martin Corporation, visit:
 http://www.lockheedmartin.com
     For information on Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, visit:
 http://www.lmaeronautics.com
     Corresponding photo is available at:
 http://www.lmaeronautics.com/image_gallery/pr_photos/index.html
 
 

SOURCE Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
 (MHI), the prime contractor for Japan's new F-2 support fighter, has awarded a
 fifth annual contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. for tasks in the
 manufacture of an additional nine F-2 production aircraft.
     Lockheed Martin already is producing components for the first 36 aircraft
 under four previous annual contracts.  This fifth contract, which began April
 1 and is valued at over $180 million, brings the total to 45 aircraft.  Under
 this contract, Lockheed Martin will continue to provide all the aft fuselages,
 wing leading-edge flaps and stores management systems; 80 percent of all left-
 hand wing boxes; and other avionics and avionics support equipment.
     In July 2000, Lockheed Martin successfully concluded activity on the
 second major contract and is currently delivering products required in the
 third contract.  Lockheed Martin components are shipped to MHI's Komaki-South
 facility in Nagoya, Japan, where they are assembled with other components by
 MHI to form the F-2.
     "Lockheed Martin continues to be very proud of its long-standing role in
 the F-2 cooperative program, and the F-2 team at LM Aeronautics is dedicated
 to continue to deliver the highest quality products, on schedule, to its
 customer, MHI," said Charles E. Doyle, F-2 program director at Lockheed Martin
 Aeronautics Co. in Fort Worth.  "We have delivered over 100 major airframe,
 avionics and avionics support equipment components to MHI since we began our
 production deliveries in late 1998."
     Japan selected the F-16 as the basis for the design of its new support
 fighter in 1987.  The Japan Defense Agency's Technical Research and
 Development Institute this past summer completed extensive flight tests in
 Japan of four prototype aircraft, designated XF-2.  MHI delivered the first
 production aircraft to the Japan Defense Agency (JDA) in a ceremony at its
 Komaki-South facility in September 2000.  By the end of March 2001, 18 F-2s
 were delivered to the JDA.
     Lockheed Martin was the principal U.S. subcontractor during development
 and also has that role in the production of the F-2.  The JDA plans to
 purchase 130 F-2s.
     Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is a leader in the design, development,
 systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and
 related technologies.  Its customers include the military services of the
 United States and allied countries throughout the world.  Products include the
 F-22, F-16, F-117, C-5, C-27J, C-130, P-3 and U-2.  The company leads a team
 competing for the development and production of the Joint Strike Fighter.
     LM Aeronautics is a unit of Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:   LMT),
 headquartered in Bethesda, Md.  Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise
 principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and
 integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services.  The
 corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics and
 technology services.
 
     For information on Lockheed Martin Corporation, visit:
 http://www.lockheedmartin.com
     For information on Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, visit:
 http://www.lmaeronautics.com
     Corresponding photo is available at:
 http://www.lmaeronautics.com/image_gallery/pr_photos/index.html
 
 SOURCE  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

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