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Lockheed Martin to support F-35 test flight operations
by James Laporta
Washington (UPI) Dec 5, 2017


Lockheed Martin has been awarded a modified contract to support test flight operations for the F-35 aircraft platforms for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as non-U.S. Defense Department customers.

The $22.9 million deal was announced Monday by the Pentagon and modifies a previous award terms of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract that was slated to procure "53,164 level of effort hours" for system software integration.

"Level of effort" refers to the amount of work that is required in a given timeframe. Additionally, 53,122 level-of effort hours will be used for flight test operations on the F-35 Lighting II's platforms.

Work on the project will occur in Texas, California and Maryland, and is expected to be completed by February 2018.

U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance funds and non-U.S. Defense Department participants funds will be used to procure the services from Lockheed Martin. While the full contract value of $22.9 million has been obligated to Lockheed, $18.3 million of the funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

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Indonesia re-opening Bali airport shut by volcanic ash
Denpasar, Indonesia (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Bali's international airport will re-open Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, Indonesian airport authorities said, as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted direction. The eagerly awaited decision opens up a window of hope for some of more than 120,000 tourists stranded after a spike in activity at Mount Agung grounded hundreds of flights s ... read more

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