U.S. Air Force F-35 Costs To Climb

F-35 fighter aircraft
This F-35C operating from the USS Carl Vinson developed severe corrosion during its deployment in the South China Sea last November. The Joint Program Office is investigating the problem and why aircraft deployed in other regions have not experienced it.
Credit: MC Seaman Leon Vonguyen/U.S. Navy
The cost of Lockheed Martin F-35s for the U.S. Air Force is expected to grow this year, after years of a downward trend in price, because of delayed negotiations with prime contractor Lockheed Martin. As the price rises, the decision to move to full-rate production is also appearing likely to slip...

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