June 11, 2020 / 3:03 PM / 21 days ago

U.S. Senate panel authorizes $9.1 bln for 95 F-35 jets made by Lockheed

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said on Thursday it had authorized $9.1 billion to produce 95 F-35 aircraft in its version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, an annual bill setting policy for the Department of Defense.

The F-35 is made by Lockheed Martin Corp. The Senate committee also authorized the U.S. Air Force to modify six F-35s originally sold to Turkey. The jets were never delivered to Turkish soil due to a disagreement over Ankara's purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system the Pentagon said was "incompatible" with the stealthy F-35 jets.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle and Mike Stone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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