Photo via DoD

The Department of Defense announced that it plans on shelling out an estimated $5.57 billion to purchase 74 additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from defense contractor Lockheed Martin, the Washington Post reported on July 10 — an exasperating add-on purchase resulting from yet another slew of cost overruns and mechanical problems in the controversial fighter jet.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian Adam Jones

Editor’s Note: This story by Samantha Masunaga was originally published by the Los Angeles Times (Tribune News Service).

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