Report: Pentagon Considering Open F-35 Supply Chain, Equipment Competitions

The Defense Department plans to hold industry days Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 as it considers holding open competitions for sustainment work on the Lockheed Martin-made (NYSE: LMT) F-35 jet, Aviation Week reports.

According to the report, the seminars will focus on possible opportunities to compete for work in supply chain management, support equipment, training simulators and a computer-based logistics system.

Other areas of competition could include shipping containers, regional warehousing, transportation of spare parts and ground support equipment such as hand tools.

Pentagon estimates for total cost of operating and maintaining the new warplane over the next 50 years sit at about $1 trillion, with that figure including inflation and projected fuel costs, the report said.

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