US Military, European F-35 Operators Reach Agreement To Collaborate On Reducing Costs Written 11 September 2018

Reuters reports that the US military and European operators of the F-35 have “agreed to work together more closely to help lower the cost of operating the new warplanes as growing numbers arrive in Europe.” Operating costs were a central issue raised during last week’s meeting of senior US military officials with representatives from Israel and the “F-35 user nations in Europe – Britain, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Turkey, the Netherlands.” According to US Air Force Fifth Generation Integration Office head Col. Leslie Hauck, the participants “discussed the importance of ensuring that future costs – specifically for sustainment – are kept to a minimum so that we don’t have to cut into future purchases.” 
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