Pentagon orders nearly 500 F-35 fighter jets

The planes will be delivered at the lowest price in the history of the program. The cost of one fighter will not exceed $80 million.
The U.S. Department of Defense has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Military Industrial Corporation to manufacture and supply 478 multifunctional fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers. The total amount of the contract will be $34 billion, according to the Lockheed Martin website on Tuesday, October 29.

It is noted that the newest aircraft will be delivered “at the lowest price in the history of the program”. The cost of one fighter will not exceed $80 million. On average, prices have been reduced by almost 13%.

As part of the agreement, 291 aircraft will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force, 127 will receive international partners of the F-35 program, and 60 more fighters are destined for foreign military customers.

The international partners of the F-35 production programme include the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia and Norway.

Today, there are more than 450 F-35s operating in 19 air bases. More than 900 pilots and almost 8.5 thousand technicians were trained.

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As reported by Correspondent.net, the U.S. excluded Turkey from the program of production and acquisition of F-35 fighter jets after Ankara received Russian S-400 missile defense systems.

It also became known that the U.S. State Department has agreed a deal to sell Poland 32 F-35 fighter jets for a total of about $6.5 billion.