The Pentagon has signed off on the next two lots of F-35 purchases totaling 71 aircraft for the U.S. and four allies, the Defense Department announced today. The $7.8 billion deals cover low-rate initial production lots 6 and 7. LRIP 6 includes 23 F-35As, six F-35Bs and seven F-35Cs. LRIP 7 includes 24 F-25As, seven F-35Bs and four F-35Cs. The per-unit airframe price for LRIP 6 is an average of 2.5% lower than LRIP 5; LRIP 7 prices are about 6% lower than LRIP 5. Lockheed Martin’s ...

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