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too soon to flinch, outgoing Marine 2018 canada goose outlet Corps Commandant General James Amos said in an interview at his Pentagon office, when asked if the Marines would miss buy canada goose jacket cheap their target date for declaring an initial operational capability (IOC).
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Amos said he remained bullish about the $399 billion F 35 Joint Strike Fighter program despite a June 23 engine failure that grounded the F 35 fleet for several weeks this summer and has raised questions about the Marines July target date. Air Force picture taken on January 11, 2011. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago/Handout
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Amos cited a risk that the 2B software would not be ready in time, and said the Marines would also defer canadian goose jacket some modifications that were not needed immediately.
The Marines are slated to receive the Block 2B software for use in pilot simulators in the spring, but the actual jets were unlikely to get the software until July or August, he said.
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He welcomed an agreement with Pratt Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, announced Tuesday that will lower the cost of a seventh batch of engines by 4.5 percent, but said the Pentagon was pushing for further cuts.
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