An End for the F-22?
It may not be a happy start to the new year for Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor, according to a story this week in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Japan has said it won't buy Lockheed's fighter jet because it believes the factory lines in Texas and Georgia could eventually be shut down.
Lockheed could see an end to its F-22 production, as the U.S. Air Force has cut back the number of planes it wants. The expensive fighter jet could also come under more budgetary scrutiny in the Obama administration. The Pentagon has also been reluctant to sell the technologically advanced F-22 to foreign governments for fear it could get into unfriendly hands.
The AJC said a high-ranking Japan Defense Ministry official told the Daily Yomiuri, "We have a firm impression that its production likely would be halted."
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) told the AJC, "Obviously, if there was a threat to the F-22, it would be a severe blow to Lockheed."
Jeff Adams, a spokesman for Lockheed Martin, said in a statement, "We await and will support the decision of the next administration regarding any continuation of F-22 production."
The foreign military sales of the plane, Adams said, "is a matter of policy determined by the government."
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