When it comes to the F-35 aircraft, more is never enough for the Pentagon.
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget request was for 78 aircraft at a total cost of just under $9 billion. You can see the details of the request, including how many aircraft were requested for each military service, in our reporting on budget day. But the Congress, particularly those lawmakers under the sway of Lockheed Martin, believe that just isn’t enough.
And because a “mere” $9 billion evidently won’t keep the wolf away from the door in Fort Worth, lawmakers added 20 aircraft and additional Advanced Procurement for a total increase of more than $2 billion. Check out the details of the increases in this chart.
That brings the total up to 98 airframes and the full cost to $11,070,984.
Those are your tax dollars being shoveled out at a rate never-before-seen on a military aircraft program.