The F-35 program will cost the Defense Department tens of billions of dollars in sustainment costs, according to the Government Accountability Office. That would make the program unaffordable based on what the services that fly the plane project they will have to spend on it.
- Roman Schweizer, Senior Aerospace and Defense Policy Analyst at Cowen, said many in Washington are waiting for detailed information from the budget expected in the next few weeks.
- Schweizer said government and companies must control costs as the F-35 program moves into a new stage, with aircraft expected to nearly double in the next two years.
- Schweizer said contractors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies are stepping up efforts to improve spare parts availability and engine depot maintenance.