The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have settled on a price of roughly $3.8 billion for the next batch of F-35 fighters, after more than a year of negotiations, according to program sources. A few details remain to be worked out on low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 5 for the Joint Strike Fighter program, though the contract is likely to be signed in days. LRIP 5 includes 32 fighters, the same number ordered in the last lot by the Pentagon. Despite no increase in the numbers, prime ...

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