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Trump Asks Boeing to 'Price Out' F/A-18 Due to Huge Price Tag for New F-35

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President-elect Donald Trump said in a statement on Thursday evening he has asked the airplane manufacturer Boeing to list a price for the F/A-18 Super Hornet combat aircraft due to high cost of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fifth generation multirole jets.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The news comes after Trump met with the chief executives of two of the biggest US defense contractors, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to discuss cost overruns for the F-35 fighter jet.

"Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!" Trump stated in the message via Twitter on Thursday.

​According to CNBC, Lockheed Martin shares fell 1.7 percent after the Trump tweets about the F-35 and F-18 programs as Boeing shares climbed 0.6 percent.

After Trump's statements, Boeing endorsed president-elect's aspirations in a Twitter post.

"Ready to work with Donald Trump's administration to affordably meet US military requirements," Boeing tweeted late on Thursday.

​Boeing’s major rival Lockheed Martin is under pressure for cost overruns on the F-35 multirole jet program, which Trump is threatening to scale back amid cost estimates of nearly $1.5 trillion over the program’s lifetime.

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