Mattis wants to keep pressure on Lockheed over F-35 costs

By Tony Bertuca / April 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has told Congress that Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, is failing to live up to the Pentagon's expectations. "The F-35 aircraft is performing well, but the contractor is not delivering the affordability that keeps solvency and security as our guideposts," he said in written comments submitted to the House Appropriations defense subcommittee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We are working with the contractor to reduce the costs associated...

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