Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pentagon, Lockheed near deal on $9 billion F-35 contract..

via CNBC
The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday.
The F-35, the Pentagon's costliest arms program, has drawn fire from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump who has made lowering prices for military equipment a pillar of his transition into office.
Talks are still ongoing for the tenth batch of stealthy fighter jets with a deal for 90 planes expected to be announced by the end of the month, three people said on condition of anonymity.

A Lockheed representative declined to comment and a representative for the fighter program said negotiations are ongoing.
Either the mainstream news media is incredibly stupid, or they're purposefully dismissing issues with this plane.

The best that can be said for this insanity is that they're displaying irrational exuberance and misleading the public.

The Pentagon is buying mistake jets.  Every single plane bought now and for the next couple of years will require MASSIVE upgrades.   The real price for each of these airplanes MUST INCLUDE the eventual price to upgrade them to a REAL WARFIGHTING STANDARD!

Long short?  The real price of the F-35 will without a doubt exceed the 100 million dollar tag that this article is claiming.

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