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    The Pentagon awarded US defense giant Lockheed Martin another $20 million to improve the F-35 fighter's memory system, pushing the cost of the trillion-dollar-plus program up.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US defense giant Lockheed Martin won almost $20 million to work on the aircraft memory system of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

    "Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $19,846,828… [for] work on the aircraft memory system and panoramic cockpit display in order to alleviate diminishing manufacturing sources constraints projected under F-35 production," the release said Friday.

    A drastic uptick in the number of F-35As acquired by the USAF in 2018 could drive program costs even higher on the estimated trillion-dollar-plus program, Defense News reported in February. Lockheed Martin has already lagged in furnishing the Pentagon with its pricey jets.


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