Joint Strike Fighter Acquisition Strategy

June 22, 2000 - Boeing supports today's Defense Department announcement confirming the current winner-take-all strategy on the Joint Strike Fighter competition. Boeing has always taken this approach with the intention of winning the contract for the follow-on phases of the program (Engineering & Manufacturing Development and Production). Boeing has the most affordable design that meets or beats all the requirements while offering the lowest-risk, most reliable and only combat-proven propulsion system for the STOVL variant. Our simple, modular airframe design is also low-risk. During this phase of the program we have successfully demonstrated the advanced design, manufacturing and assembly tools that we will use in the next phase. These tools have generated verifiable data that allow us to offer a high "cost-confidence" factor in our proposal. As we have said previously, there would be room for Lockheed Martin on the Boeing JSF One Team.

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