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Britain May Order 14 F-35 Jets As Early As Next Week: Sources

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January 23, 2014 AT 6:16 AM
Sources say, Britain may announce an order for 14 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 super-stealth jets as early as next week. Britain's Conservative-led government was embarrassed by its decision two years ago to flip-flop on which variant of the radar-evading aircraft to buy, which cost the British taxpayer at least $122.72 million. The sources, who requested their names were not used because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the order was for 14 aircraft and that the announcement could come before the end of January ahead of a visit by Britain's defense secretary, Philip Hammond, to Washington on February 4-6.