Inside the Air Force - January 11, 2019

Pentagon aims to cut cost to sustain F-35A by 43 percent

January 10, 2019 at 3:55 PM
The Pentagon needs to cut about 43 percent of the annual cost to sustain the F-35A by 2036 in order to meet sustainment affordability goals, according to a new report to Congress. The December report, crafted by Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord, updates the department's F-35 affordability "constraints," using a cost-per-tail-per-year metric to track long-term sustainment cost targets. According to the updated estimates, the annual cost to fly an F-35A is $7.1 million -- about $3 million higher than the...

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