Lockheed Sees Thousands Of Overseas F-35 Sales. The Orlando Sentinel (6/18, Burnett) reports, "Lockheed Martin Corp. may reel in billions of dollars in additional revenue from sales of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to US allies, the company's top stealth fighter jet program official said Wednesday." Lockheed "expects to sell 1,000 to 2,000 of the advanced stealth jets to countries other than the nine allied partners already invested in the international F-35 effort, said David Heinz, Lockheed's F-35 program chief." According to the article, "Early production copies of the F-35 cost about $120 million each, including development costs, according to aviation experts. Full-rate production of the new aircraft is expected to cut that price tag by as much as two-thirds." Officials Detail F-35 Testing Schedule. Flight Daily News (6/17, Trimble) reported, "Lockheed Martin and US government officials leading the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have disclosed tantalising new details of the metrics required to complete the programme's nearly seven-year flight-test schedule on time." So far the F-35 has completed "100 flight test sorties by three aircraft" over the past two years, but "that schedule will ramp up dramatically as 10 new prototypes are added to the flight-test fleet through 2010." The schedule requires 12 sorties a month. However, "even if two or three aircraft fail to generate those rates, says Heinz, the programme still has enough time and resources in the flight-test programme to remain on schedule." Looks like Defense industry can play a big role in boosting some export sales. I wonder if Iraq will get any. I'm sure they can use some. Sill need a job? You know where to look now! Security clearance and background check a must!