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great nation remain the most expensive pentagon program ever so far clocking in at three hundred ninety one billion dollars will finally get its debut lockheed martin's troubled f. thirty five fighter jet will take part in a major u. s. military exercise this week for the first time , british correspondent andreas a law says that this pricey birds got a lot to prove yeah this is incredibly significant i think for the program because it's been through such a long and turbulent history massive cost overruns the cost is you know roughly seventy percent just under seventy percent over what it was initially expected to cost , %HESITATION years behind schedule several years behind schedule previous iterations of the gentle repeatedly grounded by the military because of technical problems but u. s. officials say the program has been meeting or exceeding of performance and cost targets and some major restructuring in two thousand eleven the program was ambitious and complicated lougheed developing three variations of the aircraft simultaneously for the marines air force and navy but if all goes to plan the new f. thirty five could be a game changer for lockheed expectation is that the f. thirty five will become the premier fighter jet operated by that airforce the marines and the navy it's a huge huge business for lockheed martin i you know it well account for you know i'm really significant chunk up to twenty five percent of their annual revenues when it's in full swing pentagon is expected to purchase two thousand four hundred fifty seven of these jets at a cost of a hundred million dollars per plane and initial marine squadron of ten jets could be combat ready by mid july