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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's top weapons buyer on Thursday cleared Lockheed Martin Corp.'s continued development of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the biggest warplane project ever and one valued at more than $245 billion, the Defense Department said.
Michael Wynne, the Pentagon's acting undersecretary of defense for acquisition, approved the project's "path forward" and a slimmed-down variant, according to a synopsis of his decisions.
The go-ahead clears the way to shoot for first developmental flight testing of the conventional model in the third quarter of 2006, said Kathy Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's F-35 program office.
JSF To Move Foreward
Originally posted by Trent
Good, our F/A 18's and F-111's won't be able to cut it much longer with many countries in the region buying advanced Russian planes like Su 32's and Su 34's.
Not sure if we decided on the JSF or Eurofighter yet though...