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Charting the International Path for the F-35

As the F-35 reaches higher production rates toward the end of the Low Rate Initial Production Phase, the US is pressing international partners and foreign customers to commit to F-35 orders. To be able to benefit from cost reduction, customers must commit to a multi-year block purchase of 450 aircraft.

F-35 PEO: “any foreign partner pooling out will have an effect...

Lt. General Christopher C. Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer outlined the achievements and hurdles of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in his testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services committee. While the program is now in a better shape, obstacles still remain, in software integration, affordability and future operating & support.

F-35 – Avoiding the ‘Death Spiral’

It’s essential to keep costs down to avoid the 'death spiral,' something that Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan F-35 PEO said he’s seen kill off many programs. "The one thing that our partners care most about is how much this airplane's going to cost"
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