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 largest procurement program in the Department of Defense DOD, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF, also called the Lightning II, is a new aircraft being procured in different versions for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. Current DOD plans call for acquiring a total of 2,456 JSFs. Hundreds of additional F-35s are expected to be purchased by several U.S. allies, eight of which are cost-sharing partners in the program. The F-35 promises significant advances in military capability. Like many high-technology programs before it, reaching that capability has put the program above its original budget and behind the planned schedule. The administrations proposed FY2011 defense budget requested about 6.8 billion in procurement funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter JSF program. This would fund the procurement of 23 F-35As for the Air Force, 13 F-35Bs for the Marine Corps, and seven F-35Cs for the Navy. The administrations proposed FY2011 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 F-35 alternate engine program has emerged as a major item of debate on the FY2011 defense budget.
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