Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

The F-35 at twilight.

“What I see Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney doing today is behaving as if they are getting ready to sell me the very last F-35 and the very last engine and are trying to squeeze every nickel out of that last F-35 and that last engine…I want them to take on some of the risk of this program, I want them to invest in cost reductions, I want them to do the things that will build a better relationship. I'm not getting all that love yet.”
— U.S. Air Force Lieut. General Christopher Bogdan speaking in Australia on Wednesday, where he is trying to convince the Australian government to stick to its plan to buy 100 F-35s despite the $396 billion program’s troubles. Lockheed builds the plane, and Pratt & Whitney supplies its engines.
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