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Acting Minister of defense Patrick Shanahan in meetings with senior Pentagon officials repeatedly made obscene remarks towards a fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II, told Politico source.
In particular, according to the interlocutor of the edition, the official stated that the F-35 Lightning II “screwed up”.
Shanahan, who previously oversaw the production of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 757, according to the newspaper, said that Boeing may be better served with the creation of the fifth generation fighter aircraft than Lockheed Martin. The latest official charged that it “does not know how to implement the program [of the creation of fifth generation fighter aircraft]”.
The family of F-35 Lightning II is developed and produced since 2001 by the American company Lockheed Martin. The fighter is available in three versions: A (for air force), B (short takeoff and vertical landing) and C (deck).
In the framework of the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter), suggesting the replacement of the fourth-generation fighters of the US and its allies on the F-35 Lightning II, the development, manufacture and maintenance of about four thousand aircraft and the required infrastructure is planned to spend up to $ 1.5 trillion.
F-35 Lightning II should be the main fighter of the first half of the XXI century, at least in 12 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Israel, Japan and South Korea.
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