Lockheed Martin Stops F-35 Manufacturing in Japan, Italy Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Local production of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II jet has been temporarily paused in Italy and Japan following the outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in those countries. Local governments have directed workers to stay home, if possible.
Manufacturing work on F-35 stealth jets for the Japanese and Italian air forces has been temporarily paused, US Undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and sustainment Ellen Lord told reporters on Wednesday at the McAleese/Credit Suisse conference in Washington, DC.
Both countries have recorded self-sustaining communities of people infected by COVID-19, meaning the virus is spreading locally and not directly connected