The Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $2.014 billion contract definition award on Sept. 13 to provide logistics support for domestic and international customers of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

This award specifically covers ground maintenance activities, action request resolution, depot activities, automatic logistics information system operations and maintenance, reliability and maintainability, supply chain management, pilot training, maintainer training, and training system sustainment in support of delivered F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters.

The support will be directed to F-35 customers including the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers and other non-Defense Department participants.

Work will largely be split among Fort Worth, Texas (57 percent); Orlando (26 percent); and  Greeneville, S.C. (11 percent), and is expected to be finished by December 2021. The contracting activity for this award is Naval Air Systems Command.

Funding obligated at the time of award is split among $822 million in Air Force fiscal year (FY) 2021 operation and maintenance (O&M) funds; $382 million in FY ‘21 Marine Corps O&M funds; $177 million in FY ‘21 Navy O&M funds; $2.3 million in FY ‘21 Air Force aircraft procurement funds; $1.2 million in FY ‘21 Navy aircraft procurement funds; $217 million in FMS funds; and $412 million in non-DoD participant funds. Of this total amount, $1.38 billion will expire at the end of this fiscal year. 

DoD noted the contract was not competitively procured pursuant to acquisition regulations.

Relatedly, the Navy also awarded Lockheed Martin a $412 million five-year undefinitized contract to procure initial spares for F-35 customers.

This includes global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, and afloat spares packages in support of F-35 air vehicle delivery schedules for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-Department of Defense participants, and FMS customers.

This work will occur at the company’s Fort Worth, Texas, facility and is expected to be finished by September 2026.

No funding was obligated at the time of the spares award, with funds expected to be obligated only on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was also not competitively procured, pursuant to U.S. Code regulations.