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Monday, February 09, 2015

F-35 fighter, P-8A patrol jet, KC-46 tanker are big winners in 2016 DOD budget

Boeing 767-2C (KC-46)The U.S. military's F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF) -- one of the nation's costliest defense programs -- leads efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to upgrade and build new military aircraft in the Pentagon's fiscal 2016 budget request, submitted this past week.

In the 2016 DOD budget, U.S. military services are asking Congress for $11 billion next year to continue research and development of the F-35, as well as to build 57 new Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft. Fiscal 2016 begins next October.

The JSF multi-service jet fighter bomber comes in several variants -- a long-runway variant for the U.S. Air Force, a carrier-based version for the U.S. Navy, and a short- and vertical-takeoff and landing version for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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