Two of the military’s highest-profile programs have major breakthroughs this week. Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program head says it can reduce the price of each F-35A by about 15% within the next three years, or about $15 million per plane. The Air Force says it’s giving up its plan to retire the A-10, at least for a couple more years. Richard Aboulafia, Vice President of Analysis at the Teal Group, talked about both programs on National Defense Week.
Photo: An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 23rd Fighter Group, Moody Air Force Base, Ga., peels away after being refueled from a KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, while flying over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Feb. 26, 2011. Photo by Master Sgt. William Greer. U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs. Taken:02.26.2011