Media reporting…America's biggest defense firm Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract from the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command for developing a new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variant for a foreign customer. According to the U.S. Department of Defense contract announcements, Lockheed Martin has received a $49...defence-blog.com
Gent's How credible this is ? If we see the article, seems US agree to give LM go ahead for different 'variant' of 'export' F-35. Perhaps a variant that not interconnected toward US network.
However if this's reliable, then perhaps US found a way to give F-35 to customers like UAE something that not fully as capable with US and main allies F-35. F-35 capabilities as we know also derived on fully utilising US network. Could it selling F-35 without full access from the users on the network something found as middle ground ?
F-35: Stealth Designed in From Day One | In the modern battlespace, being low-observable or having a stealth design is critical. Watch below to learn how the F-35 uses a variety of stealth... | By Lockheed Martin | FacebookIn the modern battlespace, being low-observable or having a stealth design is critical. Watch below to learn how the F-35 uses a variety of stealth...fb.watch
LM FB shown more active posting on F-35, which in my book shown more promotional effort. Will this 'export' variant is something they want to prepare for F-16 customers that are not US main allies circle ? They're doing similar pattern before with F-16.
No-one designs a new variant of a fighter aircraft for $49m… You’d be lucky to even get a single new weapons type integrated for that…
This will be some software specific modifications requested by a customer to an otherwise stock standard A or B model.
Likely Israel or Singapore, IMHO…