Negotiations between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin regarding a new sustainment approach for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have reached an impasse. The proposed performance-based logistics (PBL) agreement faced a congressional mandate to increase readiness or decrease maintenance costs, which has not been met. As a result, the Pentagon is exploring options to continue the traditional maintenance structure for the F-35 through at least the end of 2024.
- Negotiations for a performance-based logistics (PBL) agreement for the F-35 between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have stalled due to a congressional mandate requiring increased readiness or decreased maintenance costs.
- The Pentagon is now planning to continue the traditional maintenance structure for the F-35, possibly extending it beyond 2024, to ensure the necessary framework for sustaining currently fielded F-35s and global operations.
- Lockheed Martin had advocated for the PBL approach, believing it would increase part availability, readiness, and affordability over the long term, but the impasse has led to a pause in negotiations.