US plans to cut 124 F-35s

The US defence budget calls for a reduction of 124 F-35 fighter jets being purchased, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Canada has committed to purchase 65 F-35s partly on the reasoning that it will have access to contracts on the global supply chain, including US purchases, so a shrinking of the Pentagon order could mean less business. F-35 production dates have also been pushed back in the US to accommodate further testing and tweaking of the plane's assembly line. But Canada's assistant chief of the air staff, Maj.-Gen. Tom Lawson, told the Toronto Star that the issue should not affect the Canadian commitment.

Published: Wednesday, 01/12/2011 12:00 am EST

The US defence budget calls for a reduction of 124 F-35 fighter jets being purchased, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Canada has committed to purchase 65 F-35s partly on the reasoning that it will have access to contracts on the global supply chain, including US purchases, so a shrinking of the Pentagon order could mean less business. F-35 production dates have also been pushed back in the US to accommodate further testing and tweaking of the plane's assembly line. But Canada's assistant chief of the air staff, Maj.-Gen. Tom Lawson, told the Toronto Star that the issue should not affect the Canadian commitment.

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