Lockheed Fighter Bid Weighed 7,000 Pounds

An F-35A on its way to Edwards Air Force Base in California. (DoD Photo)

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter proposal for the much-watched South Korean fighter competition  weighed 7,000 pounds, according to an industry source.

But it looks like Lockheed, and its competitors, will be adding at least a few more ounces, if not pounds, to those proposals.

It appears Seoul is delaying its contest because the bids submitted contain documentation errors, AFP reports.

South Korea plans to buy 60 new fighter jets. The F-35 is vying for the deal against the Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle and Eurofighter Typhoon.

My colleague Zach Biggs tells me that based on the weight of Lockheed’s bid, it probably included between 600,000 and 700,000 pages depending on the type paper and boxes used.

Wonder if they’ll need to re-submit all of the paperwork by the new July 5 deadline? If so, that has to be one heck of a shipping bill.

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