New US Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered an official review into the F-35 and Air Force One programmes, with a focus on ways to reduce the cost of both.

The review follows President Trump’s previous tweets about the burgeoning costs of these defence programmes. The review of the F-35 programme will concentrate on the ‘C’ model for the US Navy, with Mattis ordering “a review that compares F-35C and F/A-18E/F operational capabilities and assess the extent that the F/A-18E/F improvements (an advanced Super Hornet) can be made in order to provide a competitive, cost effective, fighter aircraft alternative”.

News Team
30 January 2017