PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp has signed a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd to begin work on a final assembly and checkout plant (FACO) for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Japan, the top U.S. arms maker said on Wednesday.
Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed vice president of the $392 billion F-35 program, announced the contract agreement at the Paris Airshow. He declined to give details of the value of the contract.
A similar facility built in Italy to assemble F-35 jets in Europe cost an estimated 800 million euros ($1.1 billion).
Lockheed spokesman Eric Schnaible said the contract authorized work on the plant from June until December.
He said a more comprehensive five-year contract was likely to be signed in late September or early October.