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Trump says F-35 program cost ‘out of control’, wants to save ‘billions of dollars’

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The latest target of President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism is the Joint Strike Fighter program. He tweeted that, under his administration, the US military will end the overspending and save billions of dollars.

The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” he wrote.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was chosen as a unified aircraft platform for the US Army, Navy, and Air Force under the Joint Strike Fighter program, but the vision for a multipurpose jet is still under development.

The program is notorious for delays and running far over its initial cost estimate. Moreover, engineers have yet to deal with software glitches and compatibility issues, while the actual performance of the pricey plane is subject to debate.

Trump already sent the stock price of one aviation giant into a tailspin when he tweeted out criticism of Boeing for running over cost in developing the new Air Force One, which will be the plane of future presidents.

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