The top F-35 program official wants to know the true price tag of the Pentagon's costliest weapons system.
"To better inform our target glide path, I want to know what it truly costs to produce the aircraft," said Navy Vice Admiral Mat Winter, program executive officer for the Pentagon's F-35 joint program office.
"The number of quality escapes and what we call production line defects needs to get better," Winter told reporters during a roundtable Wednesday.
Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth fighter, valued at an acquisition cost of $406.5 billion, has become one of the most challenged programs in the history of the Department of Defense. The laundry list of setbacks includes faulty ejection seats, software delays and significant helmet-display issues.
President Donald Trump has criticized the soaring price tag on the "jack of all trades" jet as being "out of control."