Pentagon’s Renewed Vow to Build 2,443 F-35s Depends on Budgets

  • Work says goal is to buy them at ‘highest rate affordable’
  • Deputy secretary says he doesn’t see big cost reductions

The Pentagon still plans a fleet of 2,443 F-35 jets, but the costliest U.S. weapons program may face cuts under the next president if defense dollars continue to be reduced, according to the Defense Department’s No.2 official.

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