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F-35 Will Cost Less To Operate Than Older Fighters. Here’s Why Some Policymakers Don’t Get That.

By the end of this year, nearly 500 F-35 fighters will have been delivered to three U.S. military services and various allies. The plane is meeting all of its performance requirements, and the cost of each fighter is steadily declining. In fact, the most common variant of the fighter now costs no more to build than the latest version of the Cold War fighters it is replacing.

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