25 March 2014
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said the Republic of Korea has formally selected the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program.
Korea is the third foreign military sales country to procure the F-35, joining Israel and Japan who selected the F-35A in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
The program also currently includes participation from three US military service branches and eight international partner countries. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the US Air Force, the F/A-18 for the US Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the US Marine Corps, and a variety of fighter aircraft for at least 10 other countries.
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