Colorado Defense Contractors Hope To Build The F-35

DENVER (CBS4) – Two Colorado defense contractors made their case Wednesday for building the next generation military fighter jet — the F-35.

The project would bring jobs, but the question now is can Uncle Sam afford it.

This next generation fighter jet is as controversial as it is capable.

“Why are we building the F-35?” Danny Conroy with Lockheed Martin said. “If you look at the aircraft they’re flying today, they’re getting up there in years, some of them are on life support.”

The answer, according to Lockheed Martin, is to replace aging military jets with the multi role F-35. Called the Joint Strike Fighter, it’s jammed full of advanced technology

The manufacturer provided a cockpit simulator that’s to show how easy it is to fly. Experts say different from current model fighters, the flight controls are absolutely intuitive and the pilot is wrapped in a cocoon of safety.

But it’s the cost that has critics howling. The F-35 carries a price-tag of $65 million. Plans call for building 2,400 jets.

“Well you know the issue is what are our priorities,” Rep. Mike Coffman said.

Coffman is a big fan of the F-35. He’s trying to win support by finding ways to cut costs on the plane. .

Sixty-three have already been built at a factory in Texas but it’s also a potential boon to the Colorado economy.

“We’re responsible for providing the communications, navigation and identification functions,” Ken Rockwell with Ball Aerospace said.

Ball Aerospace makes the stealth antennas on the plane. Full build-out of the F-35 program would mean hundreds of new jobs for the defense contractor. But with the Pentagon under mounting budget pressure, the question remains — will the F-35 still fly with Congress?

Ball Aerospace is one of 15 Colorado contractors with a financial stake in building the F-35.

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  1. A Montejos says:

    I hope these defense contractors are not holding their breath. No money to pay for them. If they want to stay afloat they should start farming and without Monsanto seeds. For once focus on helping people instead of killing them. Selfish , greedy jerks.

  2. Alan Lammle says:

    How Ball Aerospace treats its employees alone with people with disabilities.

    Aetna and Ball Aerospace was responsible for having my disability and my insurance health coverage dropped and also was responsible for having me “involuntarily terminated” from my job because of their “over the phone” examination. I was terminated from my position at Ball Aerospace while I was on disability leave and was at the time considered an full time employee. Aetna is the worst insurance that I know of and hides behind Ball Aerospace in its excuses for not providing coverage and also for their involvement in terminating me for getting sick. Because of my health issues I believe Ball Aerospace along with Aetna hope I die before any of this gets resolved which is the same as murder. If you get sick while at Ball Aerospace expect to die if it is serious its what Ball Aerospace and Aetna want….

    Aetna thru Ball Aerospace was responsible for having my disability and my insurance health coverage dropped and was responsible for having me involuntarily terminated from my job because of their “over the phone” examination. I was terminated from my position at Ball Aerospace while I was a full time employee. I believe Ball Aerospace along with Aetna hope I die before any of this gets resolved. If you get sick while at Ball Aerospace expect to die if it is serious its what Ball Aerospace and Aetna want.

    Aetna thru Ball Aerospace was responsible for having my disability and my insurance health coverage dropped and was responsible for having me involuntarily terminated from my job because of their “over the phone” examination. If you get sick while at Ball Aerospace expect to die if it is serious its what Ball Aerospace and Aetna want. I was a full time employee when I became disabled. I believe Ball Aerospace along with Aetna hope I die before any of this gets resolved. STAY AWAY FROM AETNA and BALL AEROSPACE!

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