The restructure of the F-35 strike fighter program will turn what might have been a 30-month schedule slip into just 13 months, Pentagon acquisition czar Ash Carter told reporters during a media telecon, March 4, 2010. Carter said, having just completed an F-35 summit at Lockheed's facility in Fort Worth, Tex., representatives of the F-35 partner nations recognize the changes being implemented under the restructure will “add some cost to initial aircraft,” but stave off bigger problems. None of the partners or US military services are backing off their planned F-35 buys, he said. Here, BF-1, the first F-35B short takeoff test aircraft in flight.
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