The Pentagon has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin for the construction of 478 fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers worth $ 34 billion. This was announced on Tuesday, October 29, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ellen Lord told reporters, reports TASS.
“This is a historic milestone in the production of these fighters,” said the Lord. The first phase of the agreement includes the construction of 114 aircraft worth $ 7 billion. According to Lord, the current deal "demonstrates a commitment to aggressively lower F-35 prices."
“Earlier, we announced 255 aircraft for 11 billion. Yesterday, in addition to our commitments, 114 fighters for 7 billion were announced, ”said US Air Force Lieutenant-General Eric Fick.
F-35 is a multi-purpose combat vehicle capable of carrying nuclear weapons. In addition to the United States, until recently, eight countries participated in the project of its creation: Australia, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey. Aircraft are bought by Israel and Japan.
Earlier in October, it was reported that the fifth-generation British fighter F-35 Lightning first landed on the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth.