D.o.D awards Lockheed $3.4 Billion contract for F-35 while A-10 Thunderbolt likely to get the boot.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Department of Defense awarded a $3.4 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Aeronautics to build fighter planes for the U.S military along with foreign services. The terms of the contract are that, the Lockheed will expand its manufacturing of various models of the F-35 fighter plane.

F-35 Lightning II

Nineteen planes will be built for the Air Force, six for the Marine Corps and four for the Navy. Six others will be manufactured for England, Italy and Norway. Lockheed also will manufacture support equipment and other related products.

Lockheed Martin's Orlando Fl, Facilities

The majority of the work will be done at Lockheed's Fort Worth location, but some of it will go to other Lockheed facilities in El Segundo, Calif., my home town of Orlando, Fla., and other locations.

A-10 Thunderbolt II
This announcement comes shortly after Air Force officials confirmed that A-10 Thunderbolt II close support fighter is a likely target for eliminating an aircraft fleet after continued budget cut pressure. A move which many feel is mistake, due to the nature by which the A-10 operates in Close air support (CAS) missions.

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