Design and creation of a new American future fighter of the fifth generation F-35 from Lockheed Martin Corp is delayed by two years because the cost of the project last year increased by 4.3% to 395.7 billion dollars, said on Friday the Western media, with reference to the Pentagon.
Serial production of the F-35 carried over to 2019. The Pentagon has explained the increase in the cost of the F-35 slump in demand in the U.S. military and foreign buyers, reports
In addition, the new projections Pentagon submitted to Congress, show that the total cost of a new fighter aircraft over the next 55 years with regard to the development, production, operation, maintenance, and inflation will reach 1.51 trillion dollars.
Thus the total cost of only operating costs and technical support will be $ 1.1 trillion, compared with the predicted last year cost $ 1 trillion dollars.
The company Lockheed is developing three variants of the F-35 for the U.S. military and eight partner countries: Britain, Canada, Australia, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. Earlier, U.S. partners plan to purchase a total of 730 combat aircraft of this model now — 697, says the Pentagon.
Promising new fighter also planned to purchase Japan, but now Tokyo says it can cancel the order for 42 aircraft F-35, if the price for it will continue to grow, and the delivery time — delayed.