to analyst Johan Boeder, as
many as 2,500 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter craft could be built for
all branches of the U.S. military, but pricing and other threats may
limit the actual number of planes manufactured. Lockheed Martin had
originally pegged orders to be around 4,500 units, while the U.S.
Military was even more optimistic at 6,000 units. Despite any
immediate concern, in the coming decades the U.S. government is
expected to spend near $300 billion for the F-35 aircraft.
the number of planes ordered lowers, the price -- already around $100
million per aircraft -- is expected to increase further, which could
hurt demand even more. For example, the Dutch parliament
has plans to purchase 85 F-35 aircraft, but may reduce its expected
order down to 57.
Lockheed Martin, the main manufacturer
behind the F-35 JSF, doesn't see a pending drop-off in aircraft
ordered, with strong political and monetary support expended in the
In the mean time, GE and Rolls Royce plan to
redesign a new part of the alternate F-35 engine, after a lug nut
reportedly vibrated loose during early testing.
of controversy related to F-35 orders, at least five U.S. states are
interested in building operating bases that can support the F-35.
The states of Florida, Idaho, Utah, South Carolina and Vermont have
all thrown their names in the hat, but military officials are unsure
which states -- and how many facilities nationwide -- will be
developed to support the F-35 JSF.