The U.S. Defense Department has agreed with the company Lockheed Martin about buying the fifth installment of fighters F-35 Lightning II. As reported by Defense News, 32 aircraft with associated equipment will cost the Pentagon nearly four billion dollars.
According disk imaging publications, the party will include 22 aircraft F-35A with the ordinary takeoff and landing for the Air Force, three F-35B with short takeoff and vertical landing for the Marine Corps, and seven carrier-based fighter version of F-35C for the Navy. All the aircraft will make the company Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas.
The contract for the fifth installment of small-scale production (LRIP-5) F-35 was signed in December 2011. Still, the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin a year could not agree on prices for aircraft. Initially, the contract included 30 aircraft and was estimated at more than 5.5 billion dollars.
In total, the development, purchase and maintenance of F-35 U.S. in the coming 50 years izderzhut almost half a trillion dollars. 2.4 thousand aircraft for the Air Force, Marines and Navy supposedly will cost the Pentagon 382 billion dollars.
Besides the U.S. fighter in the program F-35 involving Japan, England, the Netherlands, Italy and several other countries.