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The US defense secretary has ordered an immediate review of the Air Force One recapitalisation and Lockheed Martin F-35 programmes, following president Donald Trump’s earlier threats to lower the costs of both platforms.
In a 26 January memo, Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered the deputy secretary of defense to examine ways to reduce the cost of the both the F-35 and Air Force One replacement programmes. Lockheed’s stocks dropped sharply following Mattis’ announcement.
Under the presidential aircraft recapitalisation review, the White House Military Office and deputy secretary will identify specific areas where costs could be cut. This could include autonomous operations, aircraft power generation,cooling, survivability and communications capabilities, the memo states.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: InTheLight
Because of the cost overruns the program has seen to date, and the current per unit cost. Lockheed is bringing costs down with each buy, but apparently not fast enough for some in Washington, who are willing to accept a substantial decrease in capabilities for a similar price.