Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Services to get F-35 on time

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday said the services will receive F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on time but in smaller numbers. Gates, who testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon's fiscal 2011 budget request, said fewer F-35s will be produced during the initial years of production than originally anticipated. The first training squadron of JSFs will still arrive at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in 2011. The Marine Corps will start receiving its version of the F-35 in 2012, the Air Force in 2013 and the Navy in 2014. (Source: The Hill, 02/02/10)