Mar 4, 2014
U.S. Navy to order 33 fewer F-35s than planned in next 5 yrs -source
The Navy will ask Congress to fund 36 F-35Cs instead of 69.
The Air Force is also deferring orders for four conventional landing F-35 A-models in fiscal 2015, but is expected to resume its planned orders for the jet in 2016 and beyond. It plans to order 238 in total.
The Marine Corps, which expects to start using its F-35 B-model jets in combat from mid-2015, is sticking to its projected orders of 69 jets for the period.
That adds up to 343 F-35s to be funded by the U.S. military through fiscal 2019.
The Pentagon's decision to buy eight fewer F-35s in fiscal 2015 was based on affordability, not the aircraft's performance. Defense officials say they remain committed to the program, and still plan to buy a total of 2,443 F-35s over the coming years for all three military services.