Pentagon Announces $9 Billion in New War Profits for Lockheed
July 11, 2017 Mike Stone / Reuters & Oriana Pawlyk / DODBuzz
In late June, Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp subsidiary was awarded a US Army contract worth $3.8 billion for Black Hawk helicopters for sale to Saudi Arabia. In early July, the DoD awarded Lockheed a $4.49 billion "undefinitized" contract to continue producing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters even as it continues to negotiate a price for the jets.
Lockheed Wins $3.8 Billion
Black Hawk Helicopter Contract Mike Stone / Reuters
(June 30, 2017) -- Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp subsidiary was awarded a US Army contract worth $3.8 billion for Black Hawk helicopters for sale to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Friday.
The contract for a multi-year production effort includes associated services for program system management, engineering, technical data and publications, the Pentagon said in a statement.
(June 30, 2017) -- Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp subsidiary was awarded a US Army contract worth $3.8 billion for Black Hawk helicopters for sale to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Friday. The contract for a multi-year production effort includes associated services for program system management, engineering, technical data and publications, the Pentagon said in a statement. Pentagon Gives Lockheed Billions
To Keep Working on F-35s Oriana Pawlyk / DODBuzz
(July 7, 2017) -- The Defense Department has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $4.49 billion undefinitized contract action to continue production on the latest batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters even as it continues to negotiate a firm price for the fifth-generation jets.
The UCA -- a type of contract in which bottom-line terms or prices have not been agreed upon before performance is begun -- stipulates a max price of $5.6 billion for Lockheed to continue working on the Low Rate Initial Production, or LRIP, lot 11 jets, according to the F-35 Joint Program Office.
Lockheed is "expending money to keep the production line going," JPO spokesman Joe DellaVedova told Military.com via telephone on Friday. So "we want to pay them for the work they they're doing [to] obligate funds for the Lot 11 aircraft."
The prices for individual jets are still being determined, according to the office.
"We are confident the final negotiated Lot 11 aircraft unit prices will be less than Lot 10," officials said in a statement released by JPO.
The Pentagon aims to procure a total of 141 F-35s for the US military services, international partner nations, and foreign military sale customers -- with deliveries starting in 2019 through 2020, the statement said.
The money continues production of 91 US aircraft (63 requested by the military, and another 28 thanks to a Congressional plus-up) and "provides the contract vehicle for our International Partners and FMS teammates to obligate their $2.28B in funding within the month of July for their 50 total aircraft," the statement said.
"We appreciate the actions taken by the JPO to ensure delivery of F-35s to our warfighter customers," Lockheed officials said separately of the LRIP 11 announcement.
For the US, the funding would provide 48 F-35A aircraft for the Air Force, 18 F-35B aircraft for the Marine Corps, and eight F-35C aircraft for the Navy and Marine Corps.
DellaVedova said the remaining 17 US aircraft come from previously awarded fiscal 2015 and 2016 aircraft contracts.
In February, DoD announced an $8.2 billion deal for its LRIP 10 batch of F-35 fighters. That batch cut costs by $728 million from the previous LRIP 9 lot, Defense Department officials said at the time.
Around that time, President Donald Trump said he had been negotiating with Lockheed officials to bring the cost down significantly since he became president-elect.
"I got involved in that about a month ago," he said during a meeting with business leaders at the White House on Jan. 30. "There was no movement, and I was able to get $600 million approximately off those planes."
The LRIP 10 contract will distribute 44 F-35As to the Air Force, 9 F-35Bs to the Marine Corps and 2 F-35Cs to the Navy, with other planes going to the United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, Turkey, Japan, Israel and South Korea, in 2018.
By comparison, the Pentagon in November handed down a unilateral contract action, dubbed LRIP 9, of $6.1 billion for 57 more F-35s after months of negotiations -- a move that disappointed Lockheed officials.
"We didn't agree on this contract, but the government just handed this on us," an industry official close to the 18-month-long negotiated deal told Military.com at the time. "The government needs to recognize what an F-35 really costs for a fair fee."
Oriana Pawlyk is a reporter at Military.com. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.