Lockheed Martin knows international F-35 sales are key to cutting unit costs. But even as the company delivers the first aircraft to Norway, the fourth overseas operator, program officials warn that gridlock over the U.S. defense budget will jeopardize the production ramp-up underpinning the cost reduction drive. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony for the first of up to 52 F-35s for the Norwegian air force, Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall says budget instability will potentially ...
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