F-35 costs again skyrocket while aircraft performance remains unsatisfactory

By Vanessa Montalbano / April 15, 2024 at 3:29 PM
The price tag attached to keeping the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's largest-ever acquisition program, in service has long been a point of budgetary contention. But now the ambitious jet is getting even costlier, a top government watchdog has found. Aircraft sustainment cost estimates have risen from $1.1 trillion in 2018 to $1.58 trillion in 2023 -- a 44% jump -- according to an audit released by the Government Accountability Office Monday . The increase comes amid significantly low...

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