WASHINGTON, May 8 (Xinhua) -- U.S. arms manufacturer Lockheed Martin has lowered the price of F-35A fighter jets to a record low of 80 million U.S. dollars, according to media reports late Tuesday.
"We currently have an offer submitted to the Department of Defense for Lots 12-14 that is below the 80 million dollars F-35A for lot 14 in 2020, per our longstanding commitment," website Defense One quoted company spokesman Mike Friedman as saying.
"As we ramp up production, each year we have lowered cost, reduced build time, improved quality and on time delivery," Friedman said.
The asking price is for about 100 F-35A jets that are part of a block purchase of 450 jets, which also include F-35Bs and F-35Cs.
In a deal signed last September, the model was sold for just shy of 90 million dollars a piece. The price reduction came as the U.S. Defense Department gestured it would resume purchasing F-15 Eagle fighter jets from Lockheed Martin's competitor Boeing.
The F-35 fighter jet has three variations, the F-35A for the Air Force, the F-35B for the Marine Corps, and the F-35C for the U.S. Navy. Lockheed Martin has reportedly delivered 385 F-35s to the U.S. military and allies.