Defense Under Secretary Kenneth Krieg approved funding for two F-35 aircraft and advanced materials to build 12 other planes after a senior advisory panel signed off on terms of the deal.
Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin will build the F-35s for the Marines, Air Force and Navy. At an expected cost of $276 billion (202.93 billion EUR) when the entire project is complete, it will be one of the largest defense projects ever.
"We're pleased with today's decision for the first full funding of the F-35 production aircraft," said Tom Jurkowsky, a Lockheed spokesman. "This decision signals the true beginning of more than 30 years of production."
Shares of Lockheed Martin fell 74 cents to close at $95.63 on the New York Stock Exchange.
The behavior of the Russian inspector satellite, which was launched in the autumn of 2017, puzzles military officials in the United States
When the bill was submitted to Congress on August 2, the reason for imposing the new sanctions on Russia was based on Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016, but then something clicked