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Negotiations continue between Lockheed and the Pentagon

Negotiations between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin started last year to iron out all the details for the purchase of 32 F-35 fighters. The reason negotiations on pricing have dragged on for so long is due to the Pentagon's use of new pricing data according to Defense News. DOD officials are now using what's being called a "should-cost" estimate for the purchase of the F-35 fighters based on data from the previous four F-35 purchases.
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics, Frank Kendall, says that the Pentagon's move to "should-cost" estimates were used to develop a "bottoms-up cost estimate based on that previous history."
“We started negotiations on the government side with a very well-documented set of costs, called the should-cost, and then we were able to compare that to the bid that we received, item-by-item, line-by-line,” Kendall said during a July 16 meeting with a small group of reporters in his Pentagon office. “Going through and trying to resolve the differences has been the process that has taken so long.”
Kendall also notes that once negotiations conclude, "We’ll be in a very good place to go ahead and negotiate for future lots."

A group of Lockheed F-35B Lightning II fighters [Source: Lockheed Martin]
The Pentagon has been working hard to put pricing pressure on Lockheed Martin for F-35 purchases despite reducing the number of aircraft required over the next five years by 179 units. Typically, every time purchase plans are reduced by any partner nation, pricing for the F-35 increases.
Kendall also believes that sequestration, or mandatory spending cuts that will go into effect in January, will not affect every F-35 acquisition contract. Sequestration only applies to funding that is not yet obligated according to Kendall.

The Pentagon is fighting for every penny it can save on the F-35 fighters as the overall lifetime cost of the F-35 program continues to soar.

Source: Defense News

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By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2012 5:12:51 PM , Rating: 2
Well some say the PAK FA is already in the F-22's league. Pretty sure in real life the F-22 would stomp mud up it's compressors, but still...

By Manch on 7/18/2012 5:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Even our 15s or hell 16s can handle them bc they have one advantage that the other guys dont. AWACS, is like a range extender for cramming missile up there arses.

There was an article a couple years ago about an Indian flagged Mig(I think it was them) that took out one of our F15s during a joint exercise. What few articles mentioned though was the Americans were not allowed to use the AWACS, and they were also handicapped in order to make it fair.

Our avionics are leagues above everyone else.

By Bad-Karma on 7/18/2012 10:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess you've never heard about the A-50 Mainstay?

By Manch on 7/19/2012 1:43:45 AM , Rating: 2
Didnt say they didnt have them, jus that what they have cant compare to ours.

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