F-35 Joint Striker Fighter (JSF) Program: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF, also called the Lighting II, is a new strike fighter being procured in different versions by the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. The F-35 program is the Department of Defenses DODs largest weapon procurement program in terms of total estimated acquisition cost. Current DOD plans call for acquiring a total of 2,456 JSFs for the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy at an estimated total acquisition cost as of December 31, 2007 of about 246 billion in constant i.e., inflation-adjusted FY2009 dollars. Procurement of F-35s began in FY2007. Hundreds of additional F-35s are to be purchased by several U.S. allies. The administrations proposed FY2010 defense budget requests a total of about 10.4 billion in Air Force and Navy research and development funding and procurement funding for the F-35 program, including about 3.6 billion in Air Force and Navy research and development funding and about 6.8 billion in Air Force and Navy procurement funding. The proposed FY2010 budget would fund the procurement of 10 F-35As for the Air Force, 16 F-35Bs for the Marine Corps, and four F-35Cs for the Navy. Development and procurement of Marine Corps aircraft are funded through the Navys budget.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis