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US conference report authorises F-35 procurement boost

08 November 2017

Key Points

  • The FY 2018 defence authorisation bill would allow the purchase of 90 F-35s
  • This is 20 more than the Pentagon requested

The Pentagon would be authorised to buy 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, 20 more than requested, according to a deal worked out between House and Senate lawmakers.

If the House and Senate approve the fiscal year 2018 defence authorisation bill conference report, and it is signed into law, the bill would allow the US Air Force (USAF) to buy 56 F-35A conventional variants, 10 more than requested, according to a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) majority statement.

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