Trump asks Boeing to price of ‘comparable’ F-18 Super Hornet, Lockheed F-35


President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that Thursday, that on the basis of the “enormous” costs of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 program, which he had asked, the aerospace giant competitor, Boeing, “the price of a comparable F-18 Super Hornet.”

Trump is not in specific details about its Boeing request, but it seems to show his willingness to the pit, the two major competitors for lucrative contracts with the government against each other on a public platform.

His tweets sent shares of Lockheed down 1.9 per cent in-hours trading, while Boeing shares rose 0.7 percent.

Based on the enormous cost-and the cost of the Lockheed Martin F-35 overruns, I wondered, Boeing price Hornet a comparable F-18 Super!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016

When you reach a Lockheed spokeswoman did not comment tweet. Boeing said in a statement, it was determined “to choose the President and his administration for the best efficiency, accessibility, and affordability in all Boeing products and services, to our national security needs.”

Marcus Weisgerber, Vice-President of the Pentagon Press Association, tweeted that you can not, the two jets compare. The F/A-18 is cheaper, but in contrast to the F-35, it is stealth. He said that the Trump move “turns up the heat” on Lockheed, the entry of the contact negotiations for the next 100 F-35s.

This will really put the heat on @Lockheed Martin command from the contact-negotiation for the next 100 F-35s. The price is really gonna be the case now

— Marcus Weisgerber (@Marcus Reports) December 22, 2016

“The price is really tweeted gonna fall now,” Weisgerber.

Trump met with the business of both companies, leaders on Wednesday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. He was a vocal critic on the cost of the Boeing working on two new Air Force One plans, as well as Lockheed contract for F-35 fighter jets.

After the meeting, said the two CEOs, they had discussed a reduction in the cost of the project with the President-elect.

Thursday was not the first time a tweet from Trump shares of Lockheed influences.

Earlier this month, Trump tweeted that the F-35 fighter planes is too costly, and that it is cut “billions” in costs for military purchases.

The F-35 program up to 20 percent of Lockheed’s total 2015 sales of $46.1 billion. And the U.S. government, the orders of up to 78 per cent of the turnover in the last year. The F-35 program supported, directly or indirectly, more than net 146 ‘ 000 US jobs, according to the website of the company.

Lockheed said at the time that it worked to lower the price of the F-35 to more than 60 percent and said it expects the aircraft to cost $85 million in 2019 and 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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