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U.S. Air Force withholding F-22 funds from Lockheed

July 18, 2006 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - The U.S. Air Force has announced that it intends to withhold up to $57 million to compensate for inspections of flawed F-22 fighter jets.

While there appears to be no current safety of flight risk or service life degradation due to the flaws, the Air Force would rather be safe than sorry. The flaws are the result of a subcontractor's improper heat treating of titanium airframe components.

The problem with the affected F-22s is not expected to impact the rest of the $70 billion F-22 program.

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