Jobs in the forecast for Lockheed, westside

photo by Keith Robinson
photo by Keith Robinson

According to recent reports, more than 2,400 manufacturing jobs could be added at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth over the next several years if production jumps up as expected on the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Currently, Lockheed Martin has more than 10,000 employees working on the F-35 program, including about 1,600 production workers involved in building the jet fighter at the company’s west-side plant.

In six years, the company expects that the program’s “ramped-up rate” will require an additional 2,400 workers to manufacture more than 150 fighters a year. The new contracts will include the first F-35s for Australia, Italy, Norway, and the fourth F-35 for the United Kingdom. The U.S. and eight partner nations plan to acquire more than 3,100 jet fighters.