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posted on 28 December 2016

Why The F-35 Program Is An Expensive Necessity For The U.S. Military

by Felix Richter,

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

On Monday, Donald Trump tweeted that "the F-35 program and its costs are out of control".

Trump went on, saying that "billions of dollars can and will be saved on military purchases" once he becomes president. The costs of the F-35 program have indeed spiralled out of control but cancelling it at this late stage could prove a tall order for Mr. Trump. According to Statista's latest Forbes feature, a spate of recent crashes involving U.S. Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter aircraft show why the F-35 has become such an expensive necessity for the U.S. military. Read the full feature here.

This chart shows F/A-18 Hornet crashes from June to December 2016.

Infographic: Why The F-35 Program Is An Expensive Necessity For The U.S. Military | Statista

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