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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:35 AM

UPDATE 2-Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/25/lockheed-fighter-australia-idUSL1N0BP07C20130225

UPDATE 2-Grounding, budget woes cloud F-35 warplane sales push in Australia
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:17am EST
By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Jane Wardell

Feb 25 (Reuters) - This year's second grounding of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 warplane, plus looming U.S. defence cuts, will complicate a push this week by Lockheed and U.S. officials to convince Australian lawmakers and generals to stick to a plan to buy 100 of the jets.

Australia, a close American ally, is considering doubling its fleet of 24 Boeing Co F/A-18 Super Hornets amid delays and setbacks in Lockheed's $396 billion F-35 project.

That means Canberra could buy far fewer F-35s than initially planned, at a time when Canada is also rethinking its plans to make the F-35 - also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) - its future frontline warplane.

U.S. Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, the Pentagon program chief for the F-35, said the grounding over a crack found in a test aircraft engine would not delay delivery of the most expensive combat aircraft in history.

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newfie11 Feb 2013 #1

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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:51 AM

1. Now US officials are selling lockheeds planes

Interesting, I had no idea Lockheed had help from US officials.

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