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F-35 takes flak, but still flying high

Tuesday, February 20, 2018   (0 Comments)

by Jamie McIntyre  |  Feb 20, 2018  |  Washington Examiner

The U.S. military is all in on the F-35 joint strike fighter, the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history, with plans to buy more than 2,400 over the next quarter-century.

In the fiscal 2019 defense budget request released this month, the Pentagon is requesting $10.7 billion to buy 77 planes next year, on top of the 70 ordered this year, and 74 last year.

The original concept behind the high-tech fifth-generation multi-role fighter was to save money by having a common airframe with custom features for each service, a tail hook for the Navy, a vertical takeoff model for the Marines, and a runway takeoff model for the Air Force.

And sales to U.S. allies were going to keep the price down.  READ MORE...

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