After nearly a decade of glitzy briefings from Lockheed Martin pushing an international “block buy” of F-35s to drive production rates up and prices down, the Pentagon has finally signed on to the concept. Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall says every F-35 partner nation has expressed interest in participating in a block buy of the single-engine, stealthy jets to start in fiscal 2018. And he’s putting the weight of the Pentagon buy behind it, too, with the hope of ...

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