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Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy completed the Air Systems Critical Design Review (CDR) for the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on June 22, paving the way for the initial production process to begin. First flight of the F-35A is tentatively scheduled for 2009.
The F-35C is designed for operation from aircraft carriers and is the third version of the JSF under development, the other two being the F-35A for the U.S. Air Force and the F-35B for the U.S. Marine Corps. Completion of the CDR process clears the F-35C to enter Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP).