Pentagon spending on F-35 fighters has been named

The U.S. Department of Defense has signed a contract with the military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin for the maintenance of fifth-generation F-35 fighter-bombers. The planes are in service with the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and foreign customers.

According to the Pentagon website, the contract cost the ministry $1.9 billion. The cost includes work on ground maintenance of fighters, measures to ensure initial training of pilots and other services. The contract was concluded for the period till December 2020.

The Ministry of Defense signed another contract with the company for the purchase of components for 28 F-35 fighters costing $172 million.

In December, the Pentagon signed a contract with the Lockheed Martin Defense Corporation to double the production rate of new JAGM (Joint Air-to-Ground Missile) class guided missiles.