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Senators Seek Cost Cuts For F-35 Fighter Jet

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are seeking cost-cutting opportunities in the Pentagon's $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders say America cannot afford not to build.
    
Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday compared the F-35's history to a textbook on how not to develop a plane.
    
The Illinois Democrat asked military leaders to justify a decade of expanding costs.
    
They stressed that costs were now decreasing.
    
Pentagon acquisitions chief Frank Kendall said the plane is 90 percent developed. Testing is almost half-done.
    
Kendall said no one is considering stopping the program.
    
The F-35 would replace Cold War-era aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier. It's the Pentagon's priciest weapons program ever. Estimates suggest costs could reach $1 trillion.

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