Pentagon Chief Sells Lockheed F-35 as Best, Even Affordable, Jet

  • Carter says countries are now lining up to buy fighter
  • F-35's `affordability is still a big problem,' analyst says

A visitor takes a photograph of an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp., on display at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35, the Pentagon’s long-troubled and costliest weapons program, is now on course to become a success and even a relative bargain, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says.

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