August 16, 2001 |
A key Pentagon panel has approved starting limited production of the U.S. Air Force's controversial F-22 jet fighter despite acknowledging that costs were exceeding projections and that fewer jets could eventually be built. The Defense Department panel, in an eagerly awaited decision, told the Air Force that it could begin initial production of 10 F-22s for $2.1 billion, but that the planned number of planes would have to be reduced to 295 from 333.
August 13, 2001 |
Under the blistering desert sun, in a hangar surrounded by barbed-wire-topped fences and electronic security gates, dozens of mechanics bustle around an F-22 Raptor, the most deadly fighter ever built. The Air Force says the F-22 can do things no fighter has ever done--flying faster and farther than any rival, and all with gymnastic maneuverability. But right now, the aircraft's fight isn't in the skies over Bosnia or in a dogfight with Iraqi MIGs--it is in the corridors of the Pentagon.
December 31, 1999 |
Lockheed Martin Corp. has received three contracts valued at about $1.5 billion for production of the F-22 stealth fighter jet, the Air Force said Thursday. Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed received a $1.23-billion contract to build six more F-22 fighters for testing and a $275-million down payment for another 10. A third contract, valued at $115 million, was awarded for overall continuing manufacturing of the test stealth aircraft.
October 14, 1999 |
The House on Wednesday approved a $278-billion defense appropriations bill that will keep alive the imperiled F-22 fighter plane program and provide military personnel with their biggest pay raise in 18 years. By a 372-55 vote, the chamber passed a compromise measure that gives the military $4.5 billion more than President Clinton recommended and $17 billion more than was spent on defense in fiscal 1999. The bill is expected to win Senate approval.
September 30, 1999 |
Behind closed doors at the U.S. Capitol, negotiators for the House and Senate neared a decision Wednesday night that may determine the fate of the Air Force's most coveted new weapons program, the profitability of the nation's biggest defense contractor and potential future jobs for tens of thousands of workers. As they attempt to resolve the impasse, key players in the negotiation also are pondering a puzzling question: Why has Rep. Jerry Lewis done this?
July 23, 1999 |
The House voted Thursday to deny production funding for the Air Force's F-22, the most expensive fighter ever sought by the armed services, in a move that raises broader questions about Congress' willingness to finance other high-priced weapons on the Pentagon drawing board. Despite pressure from the White House and the F-22's congressional advocates, the chamber voted, 379 to 45, for a $266-billion annual defense appropriation that would remove $1.