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F-35 work continues in Italy despite coronavirus lockdown

Thursday, March 12, 2020   (0 Comments)

By Joe Gould & Aaron Mehta  |  March 11, 2020  |  Defense News


WASHINGTON ― Italy’s nationwide lockdown in response to the new coronavirus has not affected the production of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter parts in northern Italy, prime contractor Lockheed Martin said Tuesday.

As the COVID-19 virus, believed to have originated in China, has sparked emergency measures worldwide, the Pentagon is monitoring potential impacts on its defense industry supply chains ― particularly the F-35, which relies upon a uniquely global network of parts suppliers.

Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist told Congress Tuesday that “so far, there has been little disruption to date, but if this thing continues and expands, then we potentially see some issues.” Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord has been tapped to track potential defense-industrial base problems. READ MORE...

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