The F-35 program is hideously expensive and yet supporters continue to claim that sub-$80M F-35s are just around the corner. The reality, however, is quite different as shown in this Defense News website article.
“Meanwhile, the Navy asked for $270 million for two additional carrier-based F-35Cs, and the Marine Corps requested $759 million to procure two each of the F-35Cs and F-35Bs.” (1)
Some quick arithmetic gives a cost of $135M for the F-35C’s and $244.5M for the F-35B’s. Well that’s a bit different from the supporter’s claims!
(1)Defense News website, “House Armed Services Committee Markup Will Restore 11 F-35s”, Lara Seligman,