Lockheed resumes final testing of advanced F-35 jet


(Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Monday it resumed final testing of its advanced F-35 fighter jets, after the U.S. Government cleared delivery of engines from supplier following a safety conncern.

“Safety remains our top priority as we continue to produce the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft,” Lockheed said.

Lockheed Martin sends its new planes on check-out flights before completing paperwork for the final sale to various customers, which includes the U.S. military.

A video circulated in social media in December, which was carried by several outlets, showed an F-35B Lightning II crashing during a test with its pilot safely ejecting.

(Reporting by Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)