July is shaping up to be a good month for the F-35 fighter. Greece disclosed it wants to buy 20 of the stealthy aircraft, maybe more. The Czech Republic revealed it wants 24. And the Pentagon reached a handshake deal with airframe integrator Lockheed Martin for another 375. All told, 16 nations have signed on to the world’s biggest weapons project, and more are waiting in the wings. Meanwhile, the increasingly ubiquitous fighter is participating in training exercises around the world. It wasn’t so long ago that some were predicting the demise of what was then called the Joint Strike Fighter, but today F-35 looks poised to define 21st century security in the air. It seems that Washington is still able to set aside partisan differences when national security is at stake, and produce a world-class tactical aircraft that no adversary can match. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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