This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 23, 2016:
Following his meeting with Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marilyn Hewson (shown) on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump asked Boeing if they could beat Lockheed’s price on the frightfully expensive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter . The Pentagon has plans to order 2,443 of the fighter aircraft at a cost of $112 million apiece. That’s $273.6 billion for the total order!
During negotiations with Hewson, Trump learned that, over time, Lockheed could bring down the cost to around $85 million for each aircraft as a result of potential cost savings and manufacturing efficiencies as they build them.
Those negotiations apparently were a lot tougher than those Trump had earlier in the day