Lockheed CEO tells Trump F-35 costs will come down along with MORE JOBS at Fort Worth plant-Video
Looks like calling out these military contractors for price gouging works after all. You know, since the inception of this country, government contractors have been ripping us off and screwing our troops in the process.
Most of us have heard the stories about soldiers without shoes serving George Washington at Valley Forge. But did you know some of the didn’t even have clothes??? Incredible but true. AND, we were coming off a mini Ica Age, so snow was 3 ft deep or more!
However, Yankee contractors were STEALING from the troops and skimming all types products. They even would ship RANCID MEAT forward to the troops after being paid to send food. Yes, even during our Revolution we were being ripped off!
Now, Donald Trump has called them out for it. And they’re starting to cut prices. Yep. This is the kind of change I can live with.
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday pledging to bring down the cost of the F-35 Lightning II and promising to hire more than 1,800 additional workers in Fort Worth.
Her comments were the latest in a dogfight initiated by Trump, who has questioned the F-35s costs and capabilities. Last month he went on Twitter to say that the stealth fighter program was out of control and threatening to seek a new bid for a comparable F-18 Hornet built by Boeing as an alternative.
We had the opportunity to talk to him about the F-35 program and I certainly share his views that we need to get the best capability to our men and women in uniform and we have to get it at the lowest possible price, Hewson told the press standing in the lobby of the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
In fact we are going to increase our jobs in Fort Worth by 1,800 jobs and when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the U.S. its going to be thousands and thousands of jobs, Lockheed CEO Marillyn Hewson
So Im glad I had the opportunity to tell him that we are close to a deal that will bring the cost down significantly from the previous lot of aircraft to the next lot of aircraft and moreover its going to bring a lot of jobs to the United States, Hewson said.
Hewson went on to say that Lockheed will hire 1,800 additional employees in Fort Worth where the F-35 is being built, adding that when you think about the supply chain across 45 states in the U.S. its going to be thousands and thousands of jobs.
Lockheed has been projecting for several years that it will add hundreds of jobs in west Fort Worth as it moves to full production of the aircraft. In 2013, the company estimated that it may need as many as 2,400 new jobs, and more recently it has said it plans to hire 1,000 more employees as production ramps up.