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Rising Costs Imperil U.S.-Japan Jet Deal

TOKYO (UPI) — Japan might reconsider the deal if the price of Tokyo’s proposed purchase of U.S.-made F-35 Lightning II stealth jet fighters rise or delivery is delayed.

“If the U.S. side makes an unrealistic proposal, we will cancel the purchase or consider (purchasing) other types of aircraft,” Japanese Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka told the Kyodo News Agency.

After considering competing aircraft — Boeing’s FA-18E/F Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon — that have already been deployed in combat, Japan opted to purchase 42 F-35 Lightning II jets, built by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, at a cost of $123 million apiece.

The first four aircraft were to be delivered by March 2016.

Delays and cost overruns have plagued the program and earlier this month Japan’s Defense Ministry informed the Pentagon about the possibility of canceling the order over concerns that it might not meet the cost.

Other countries proposing to buy the F-35 Lightning II, which is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program, include Canada, Britain, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Turkey and Australia.

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    Let me think. WHAT would be responsible for Boeing (or any other jet manufacturer) getting ripped because of cost overruns, delays or even inflation? Ah, I have it. Because of the way things are done in America, at the heart of this Frankenstein experiment is UNION SALARIES.
    In effect, because UNIONS get so much money, they are willing to put their own workers OUT of work. And then they’ll run to politicians like Obummer and whiz and moan because they’re being picked on and they deserve to be “protected.” BS!
    Outrageous salaries make it almost impossible to COMPETE! HOW can you compete GLOBALLY? HOW can you compete at all? HOW can you union schmucks NOT understand that?
    There is a long-standing incestuous relationship between unions and politicians, folks. They got away with it for a long time. Now, finally, the mask is OFF and we are NOT obligated in any way to continue to cater to unions or the politicians who are more than happy to go to BED with them.
    Let some other country furnish Japan with their jets. In the interim, GET RID of American politicians who are more like PIMPS and put UNIONS in their place [on their way to oblivion]. America first. Career criminal politicians and unions are dinosaurs that need to be seen as anti-American, anti-jobs and not worth having around.

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