F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The administrations proposed FY2010 defense budget requests about 10.4 billion in research and development and procurement funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF program. 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. The administrations proposed FY2010 defense budget also proposes to terminate the F-35 alternate engine program, which is intended to develop the General ElectricRolls-Royce F136 engine as an alternative to the Pratt and Whitney F135 engine that currently powers the F-35. The F-35 alternate engine program has emerged as a major item of debate on the FY2010 defense budget. The Obama administration opposes further funding for the alternate engine program and has threatened to veto the FY2010 defense authorization or appropriation bill if either -would seriously disrupt the F-35 program.
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