Lockheed Martin’s F-35 programme continues to build on its 2011 flight test success. For 2012, the baseline F-35 system development and demonstration (SDD) flight test plan calls for the accumulation of 1,001 test flights and 7,873 test points. However, growth in test point requirements throughout the year is anticipated, and the plan will be adjusted as needed.
As of February 20, the F-35 Lightning II fifth generation multi-role fighter had conducted 114 flight tests and achieved 773 test points. A portion of the earned test points came from work added to the flight test baseline plan. Lockheed Martin has delivered three F-35s to the Department of Defense (DOD) year to date.