The contract for the
low-rate initial production lot of 43 F-35s with Lockheed Martin, agreed
to on Monday, came out to be
$4.55 billion, program manager Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan reported at a press conference Thursday.
Studies of F-35 noise
relative to legacy fighters will be released Friday and will show that “on the
ground, at full military power,” which is full power without afterburner, the
F-35 is “actually quieter, by a little bit” than legacy aircraft, the F-35 Program
Executive Officer said Thursday.
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