Lockheed Martin has completed the deliveries of 91 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft this year.

With the delivery of the 91 F-35 aircraft, Lockheed Martin has also met the 2018 F-35 production target. The aircraft is intended for delivery to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, US.

The company stated that this year’s target achievement represents nearly a 40% production increase from 2017 and 100% increase compared to 2016.

In 2019, the company aims to achieve another 40% production increase with more than 130 F-35 deliveries.

Lockheed Martin F-35 programme vice-president and general manager Greg Ulmer said: “This milestone demonstrates the F-35 enterprise is prepared for full-rate production and ready to deliver on increasing demand from our customers worldwide.

“Four services have declared initial operating capability status for the aircraft while two services have deployed their F-35s in combat operations.”

“Year-over-year, we have increased production, lowered costs, reduced build time, and improved quality and on-time deliveries. Today, the F-35 is the most capable fighter jet in the world, and we’re delivering more aircraft per year than any other fighter on the market at equal to or less cost.”

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Currently, more than 355 F-35 have been delivered to ten nations, which are operating from 16 bases. About seven countries have an F-35 operating base on their home soil.

Four services have declared initial operating capability status for the aircraft while two services have deployed their F-35s in combat operations.

In total, the F-35 fleet has logged in more than 175,000 cumulative flight hours.

The lethal, survivable and connected F-35 aircraft features stealth technology, supersonic speed, advanced sensors, weapons capacity and superior range.