Italy, Netherlands See JSF Plans In Flux

By Andy Nativi and Robert Wall

Italian workshare demands are adding to the Pentagon’s list of headaches regarding the F-35 Joint Strike ­Fighter, just as the U.S. is trying to come to terms with a major program restructuring aimed at dealing with development delays and cost overruns.

In an effort to extract more work from prime contractor Lockheed Martin or other F-35 partners, the Italian government is—at least briefly—blocking plans to set up a JSF final assembly and checkout ...

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