The head of Lockheed Martin reported close to agreement on lowering the price of the F-35
NEW YORK, January 14. /Offset. TASS Ivan sawyers/. The head of Lockheed Martin Marilyn Hewson believes that the agreement on reduction of prices on the newest American fighter F-35 can be achieved. She stated this to journalists on Friday in new York after a meeting with the elected President of the United States Donald trump.
The head of Lockheed Martin personally promised Trump to reduce the price of the F-35
Hewson assured that I agree with a Republican about the fact that the cost of the program “should be as low as possible” while ensuring high-quality aircraft. Speaking about the meeting with trump, she said: “I was glad to tell him that we are close to agreement on a significant reduction in the cost of the next batch of aircraft compared with the previous”. The head of Lockheed Martin also announced that the implementation of this program will allow to create in the US to 1.8 thousand jobs .
Previously, trump said that the cost of the program is the creation of the latest F-35 is extremely high, in connection with which he approached the Boeing company with a request to call, in what price can do the production of comparable indicators of fighter-bombers F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
Single all-weather fighter of the fifth generation F-35 Lightning-2 was designed by Lockheed Martin using the technology of “stealth”. First flight of the machine was made in December 2006. In its creation took part the USA, the UK, Italy and several other countries. In the US the F-35 is available in three different versions (air force, Navy and marine Corps), the cost of one fighter jet is approximately $100 million.
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is an American carrier-based fighter-bomber made its first flight in 1995 and since then is actively used by the U.S. Armed forces. This plane was designed by aircraft manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corporation, which merged with Boeing in 1997.