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F-35 Fighter Jet Cost Rise 'Problematic': Pentagon Official

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An F-35B just before touchdown at Patuxent River, where the Navy and Marines test the new fighter (Lockheed Martin). | lockheed martin

Washington: The head of the Pentagon's Joint Strike Fighter blasted new cost increases in the program today, calling them "an extreme and problematic burden to the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps."

Echoing recent comments by the head of Pentagon acquisition, Ash Carter, Vice Adm. David Venlet said in a prepared statement that, "Costs must come down significantly to make this aircraft one we can afford."

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