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 requested about 10.4 billion in research and development and procurement funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF program. This 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 proposed terminating 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 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. The F-35 alternate engine program has emerged as a major item of debate on the FY2010 defense budget.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies