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Republic of Korea picks F-35A Lightning II for F-XC fighter program

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.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Its website is at


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  1. Chris Dermott says:

    I cannot fathom how anyone would spend a colossal amount of money purchasing an aircraft that has never been proven in a conflict situation. If I could envisage this scenario as a picture, I would see S Korea as a submissive bull being led around by the nose by a fat, cigar smoking American diplomat.

    Still – with Japan also an F35 customer – looks like all is well in America’s far eastern farmyard.

    Beggars belief!