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    US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin won nearly $29 million to provide retrofit kits and services to modify the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, the Defense Department said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Estimates for the total cost of the F-35 initiative over its lifetime runs as high as $1 trillion, making it the department’s most expensive acquisition program, the Government Accountability Office reported last year.

    "Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company [of] Fort Worth, Texas is being awarded $28,784,100… for supplies and services in support of the F-35 Lightning II milestone event capabilities, including retrofit modification kits," the release stated on Monday.

    The kits will be supplied to F-35s operated by the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and non-US participants in the program, the Defense Department added.

    The GAO also said the F-35 program is $200 billion over budget and will require acquisition funding of $12.7 billion a year, on average, through 2038.


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