Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19, 2011 Japan announces selection F-35 for future fighter jet Lockheed Martin won an important endorsement for its F-35 Lightning II fighter jet program Monday as the government of Japan selected the high tech aircraft to be that nation’s next generation warplane. Japan is the first nation to commit to buying the F-35 after evaluating it in a competition with existing aircraft, the Boeing F/A-18 and Eurofighter Typhoon. The announcement was a welcome piece of good news for Lockheed executives, the Fort Worth workers that will build the aircraft and even the U.S. government. The decade-old Joint Strike fighter program has been plagued with delays, technical problems and cost overruns and has come under increased scrutiny and criticism. - Bob Cox

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