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Joint Strike Fighter Caucus Co-Chairs Applaud Deal to Reduce Cost of F-35 Fighter Jets

October 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today the co-chairs of the Joint Strike Fighter Caucus, Reps. John B. Larson (CT-01), Marc A. Veasey (TX-33), Martha Roby (AL-02), and Michael R. Turner (OH-10), applauded the announcement by the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin that the next contract for 478 F-35 aircraft has been finalized and the cost is now the lowest in program history.

“This announcement solidifies the Pentagon’s continued investment in the F-35 program which strengthens our national defense at a significant value for the American people. This is a critical agreement for our military, our allies, and more than 1,500 American manufacturers across 46 states. The F-35 program contributes to over 7,000 high-skilled manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. This week’s announcement cuts costs for taxpayers and secures manufacturing jobs for years to come,” said Larson.

"The announcement of the F-35 Lot 12-14 contract is a welcomed step forward in bolstering our national security and securing jobs for North Texans that work in the defense and aerospace sectors," said Veasey. "This will also ensure that our nation's military has the tools it needs to defend our country and protect those that serve us."

"I’m pleased with the significant news from the Pentagon regarding the decreased cost of production for the next order of  F-35 aircraft," said Roby. "We are now seeing the lowest aircraft price in program history which further demonstrates the necessity for certainty in all defense spending. This is a vital step for continued support of the selfless service members who risk their lives each day to protect our freedom.”

“The F-35’s unique capabilities and lethality have enhanced our air superiority and that of our allies. This is an important milestone for the Joint Strike Fighter Program and our national security by improving the affordability of this critical platform for American taxpayers,” said Turner.