The fiscal 2019 defense appropriations bill allots the Pentagon $1.7 billion for 16 additional Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft, according to the conference report on the legislation. A committee aide tells Aerospace DAILY those jets will be part of Lot 13. The additional 16 aircraft will fulfill U.S. requirements and are not substitutes for cutbacks by potential international customers, the aide said. This includes eight F-35A conventional-takeoff-and-landing variants, two F-35B ...

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