>> The US Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin that cost nearly $95 million each. Sources telling Reuters Wednesday that the two parties had disputed over who would cover costs for fixing a production error found last year on more than 200 of the jets.
The pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days last fall after discovering corrosion on the planes. Once a fix had been devised, the deliveries resumed and Lockheed hit it's target aircraft delivery numbers for 2017. Now, sources say deliveries are being paused once again over a dispute on who will pay for the complex logistical fix that could require technicians to travel widely to mend aircrafts around the world.
So far at least two foreign governments have stopped accepting F-35s as a result of the issue. The disruption in deliveries comes at a time when the Trump administration has criticized the high cost of the fighter jets including this tweet right after winning the election. Saying, the F-35 program and cost is out of control.
Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military and other purchases after January 20th. In February 2017, Lockheed gave into pressure from Trump and slashed the prices on a new batch of 90 planes. The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comments.