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Production Scenarios for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
The F-35 is the leading edge strike fighter of the moment, epitomizing the “fifth generation” of platforms and leading the field in terms of pushing the technology envelope in a host of areas through the development of numerous electronic subsystems. However, the program has been beset with problems including rising program costs, production and testing delays, partner nation commitment, the US and global economics and budget constraints. Baseline 2011 projections for the F-35 program based on current known customers, delivery dates, quantities and contract values point to a potential global production of 3,340 planes, but Strategy Analytics believes this represents the most optimistic but arguably least realistic outcome for the F-35 program. More viable scenarios could see unit production limited to as little as 877 units.