Friday, December 23, 2016

Trump asks to ‘price-out’ cheaper F-18s

US President-elect Donald Trump signalled that he might dump the controversial F-35 program after asking Boeing to cost up its cheaper and older F-18 Super Hornet jets. The US President-elect slammed the huge cost of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth fighter jet, saying in a tweet that he asked Boeing, the manufacturer of the F-18, to offer a lower price for the “comparable” aircraft.

The US is slated to buy 2,443 F-35s, valued at an acquisition cost of $379 billion.