According to the GAO, “with estimated acquisition costs of nearly $400 billion, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—also known as the Lightning II — is DOD’s most costly acquisition program.”
The New York times ran an article about Trump, complaining about the cost of the aircraft.
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Monday that the cost of building the military’s next-generation fighter jet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, had spiraled “out of control,” and he vowed to save billions of dollars on military programs once he enters office next month.
In a Twitter post on Monday morning and a series of comments since last week, the president-elect assailed cost overruns for the Lockheed Martin-built fighter jet that have pushed the project’s cost beyond $400 billion, making the plane the most expensive weapons system in military history.
“The F-35 program and cost is out of control,” Mr. Trump wrote in a Twitter post just before 8:30 a.m. “Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.”
With a per-unit cost of roughly $100 million and a total program cost of well over $1.5 trillion, the F-35 has become one of the most expensive weapons development programs in history.
In total, Israel has bought 33 to date, which are expected to be delivered through 2021. They expect to buy a total of 50. That’s approximately $5,000,000,000 in revenues for Lockheed.
Where did they get the money to buy this extremely expensive aircraft from Lockheed Martin? Why, the US tax payer of course. This WaPo article spells out where Israel got the money.
In September, after months of negotiation, the Obama administration signed an unprecedented pact with Israel that will provide the Jewish state with the largest amount of military aid ever awarded, $38 billion over 10 years, with promises of the latest in missile defense systems, cutting-edge technology and fighter jets such as the F-35.
So, not only did the us tax payer pay for the production of these boondoggle jets for a total of $400 billion, it also provided the funds to some of the buyers of the final product. In Israel’s case, we provided them with the $38 billion over 10 years, more than enough to cover the $5 billion needed to buy 50 jets.
What will Israel do with these jets? Defend itself from it’s many enemies in the region of course. It will continue bombing the Palestinians in Gaza, continue bombing Syria in hope of taking over the oil fields, continue supporting US aggression in the region, and probably engage in false flag events to generate support for said activities.
But hey, don’t criticize Israel because that is anti-semitism and it will not be tolerated by the US Congress since the passage of the Anti Semitism Awareness Act of 2016. Just shut up, pay your taxes, and support our troops!
A report on US Foreign Aid to Israel June 10, 2015