Lockheed can deliver F-35 to Germany from 2026, sees more orders in Europe

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“You’ll hear more about it soon,” J.R. McDonald, the vice president of F-35 business development at Lockheed Martin, told journalists at a news conference at the ILA Berlin Air Show trade fair.

At the same time, the first F-35 aircraft Germany has ordered to replace its aging Tornado fleet in 2025-2030 could be delivered from 2026 depending on the outcome of talks with the government in Berlin, McDonald said.

German companies including engine maker MTU are currently looking into how they could get involved in the program by supplying parts or providing maintenance, McDonald added.