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Lockheed Martin Corp reportedly introduced to “drive down” the price of F-35 fighter jet, after President-elect Courageous Donald Trump’s tweet asking Boeing to “price-out a comparable F-18 Tremendous Hornet”.
Reuters reported Friday evening:
The chief govt of Lockheed Martin Corp informed President-elect Courageous Donald Trump on Friday that she was dedicated to driving down the price of the corporate’s F-35 fighter jet, a day after Trump took purpose at the price of the F-35 in a Twitter publish.
CEO Marillyn Hewson mentioned she spoke with Trump on Friday afternoon and warranted him that she had heard his message “loud and clear” about lowering the price of the F-35.
Trump, in a tweet posted late on Thursday, instructed that an older plane made by rival aerospace firm Boeing Co might provide a less expensive various to the F-35.
“Based mostly on the super price and price overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I’ve requested Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Tremendous Hornet!” Trump mentioned.
Trump had met with the chief executives of each Lockheed and Boeing on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, Trump’s dissatisfaction with this system, which has been dogged by issues whereas prices have escalated to an estimated $379 billion, is a transparent threat for Lockheed. The F-35 program is a essential gross sales generator for the corporate, accounting for 20 p.c of final yr’s whole income of $46.1 billion.
On Wednesday, Trump met the CEOs of Lockheed and Boeing at his resort in Palm Seaside, Florida. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg informed reporters there that he had assured prices wouldn’t get uncontrolled for a substitute to Air Power One, the presidential airplane, one other challenge Trump calls too costly.
Trump informed reporters he wished to chop the F-35 program’s prices.
Trump unleashed his tirade in regards to the hefty price for U.S. plane earlier this month, first lashing out at Boeing over the price of substitute Air Power One presidential planes and days later at Lockheed over the F-35.
Since Trump’s first tweet about Air Power One on Dec. 6, Lockheed shares have slumped round 6.four p.c, costing its shareholders collectively about $5 billion in misplaced market worth.