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Exclusive: Pentagon stops accepting F-35 jets from Lockheed over repair cost dispute

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By Mike StoneWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error found last year on more than 200 of the stealthy jets, three people familiar with the matter said.Last year the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where the carbon fibre exterior panels of the planes were fastened to the airframe. Once a fix had been devised, the deliveries resumed, and Lockheed hit its target aircraft delivery numbers ...

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 01:31 IST