Participation in the Joint Strike Fighter will, for the next 50 years, fundamentally shape the air forces and defense industries of countries that sign up. It's hardly surprising, then, that governments are appraising their options carefully before committing to the next stage. If the Production Sustainment and Follow-On Development (PSFD) phase does not actually obligate signatories to buy the aircraft, it clearly signals intent. Washington, with industry lead Lockheed Martin, is ...

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