Pentagon Deal Reached With Lockheed for Purchase of 90 F-35 Jets at Lowest Price in Program’s History
Pentagon Reaches Deal With Lockheed
After President Donald Trump got involved in the negotiation with the overpriced U.S. military contract for F-35’s, the Pentagon announced Friday that they have reached a deal with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 90 F-35 jets. The price tag will be the lowest in the program’s history. President Trump had previously stated that the costs for the F-35 program were “out of control.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared it “another big win that the president has delivered on for U.S. taxpayers” and “added up to a total of $455 million savings for U.S. taxpayers from the previous lot, with an average cost reduction of 7.5 percent.” So this is what it feels like when the federal government goes out of it’s way to cost cut and save tax payer dollars.
The Trump administration announced Friday that the Pentagon has reached a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 90 F-35 jets at the lowest price in the program’s history – saving the government millions, officials said…
…Lockheed Martin, in a statement, acknowledged Trump’s involvement spurred them to drive down the cost.
“President Trump’s personal involvement in the F-35 program accelerated the negotiations and sharpened our focus on driving down the price. The agreement was reached in a matter of weeks and represents significant savings over previous contracts. This is a good deal for the American taxpayer, our country, our company and our suppliers,” the statement said.