The United States Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin announced on Monday that they have reached an agreement to build about 375 F-35 fighter jets over three years.
Lockheed also announced that the cost of the F-35 has dropped significantly despite high inflation.
“Amidst the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and reduced F-35 quantities, it has managed to achieve a cost per jet lower than the record-breaking inflation trends. The agreed-upon price also includes modernized hardware needed to power the Block 4 version’s capabilities, which ensures the F-35 remains the world’s most capable aircraft in production today,” Lockheed Martin said.
“We are pleased to announce that the Department (of Defense) and Lockheed Martin have reached a handshake agreement for the next F-35 purchase based on 375 F-35s,” said William LaPlante, the Pentagon’s chief of weapons acquisitions.
The United States Department of Defense said the final quantity of aircraft included in this agreement may change depending on “adjustments made by the United States Congress to the budget for fiscal year 2023 and any orders requested by overseas partners ».
Greece is among these partners who are apparently fighting to acquire the fighters as quickly as possible and it is possible, without having any information, that the Greek F-35s will also be among these 375 fighters through the MDCA and the adjustments for rapid acquisition of F-35s incorporated by Philhellene Bob Menendez.
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