Young Considering $3 Billion, 17-Plane F-35 Buy

In a few years, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will begin its ascent to become the dominant combat aircraft in the US and allied inventories.

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The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer is considering a $3 billion installment order for the military’s largest fighter jet program, — a decision that could allow the Air Force, Navy and two European allies the opportunity to move forward with the purchase of 17 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, writes Defense Newstand.

John Young — the Pentagon’s acquisition executive — received a proposal from the JSF program office on Nov. 12. The program manager, Maj. Gen. Charles Davis, asked for the authority to proceed with the third phase of low-rate initial production.

A Pentagon spokesman said a final acquisition decision memorandum could be issued as early as this week, reports Defense Newsstand.

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