Lockheed Martin plans to manufacture and deliver to customers 169 F-35 stealth fighters in 2022. The plan is to manufacture 175 of the planes a year, depending on the demands of the U.S. government and customers of the plane.
About two years ago, Lockheed Martin planned to launch full production of the aircraft, but the plan was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic that also impacted the factories in the supply chain. There are plans for between 133 and 139 of the planes to be delivered in 2021.
As of the beginning of June, 655 F-35s around the world had accumulated 398,000 flight hours. The planes are operating from 28 bases as well as from aircraft carriers of nine countries. More than 1,380 F-35 pilots and more than 10,000 members of F-35 maintenance crews have been trained. Eleven operators have already declared initial operational capability, and six have declared combat operational capability.
The cost of an F-35 fighter, named the "Adir" in the IAF, is currently $77.9 million.