first published on February 4, 2017 by Will
The Pentagon has struck a deal with Lockheed Martin concerning the wasteful F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, spurred by a statement made by Donald Trump back in December.
“The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” President-elect Trump tweeted. He also threatened to put the money being allocated in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program into upgrading and building onto our fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets.
The new deal will drive the cost of each aircraft to below $100 million per unit, the lowest it’s ever been, which has resulted in a $728 million drop in overall cost for the 90 aircraft ordered. Note: the price per unit has been dropping as production increases, but this deal resulting in significant savings, was due to Trump’s involvement.
The F-35 was initially intended to be a cost effective replacement for the F-22 Raptor. However, after years of multiple, expensive setbacks, many are wondering why we didn’t just continue to improve the F-22. The financial burden caused by the F-35 JSF program has negatively effected all service members, of all branches, and their family in both readiness and quality of living.