Oct 24, 2013

Sequester Could Delay 'Four to Five' USAF F-35 Purchases

Sequestration could cause the US Air Force to delay purchasing four to five F-35A joint strike fighters in fiscal 2014.
The Marine Corps and Navy could each cut one of its F-35B and F-35C variants, as well, if the automatic cuts are not overturned by Congress.
Last year, Air Force officials warned they could lose three to five F-35As from planned purchases due to sequestration. But those cuts were avoided when the Pentagon was able to cut a good deal for low-rate initial production lots six and seven with contractor Lockheed Martin.
Sequestration would also cause potential cuts to fiscal 2014 aircraft orders, including one F-35B jump-jet variant for the Marines and the F-35C carrier variant for the Navy, as well as up to four EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets, according to testimony from top naval leaders.

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