December 10, 2013
ATLANTA (AP) - Cobb County is awaiting a Pentagon announcement
about the fate of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, which is assembled
by 2,000 workers at Lockheed Martin Corp. in Marietta.
The announcement should come Monday when Defense Secretary
Robert Gates is expected to unveil a "fundamental shift" in U.S.
military priorities at an afternoon news conference.
The Pentagon has contracted to buy 183 F-22 from Lockheed
More than 140 have been built. Current orders would keep
the Marietta assembly line open until late 2011.
Gates recently made clear that high-tech weapons better suited
for Cold War battles are not top budgetary priorities while
low-tech conflicts continue in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A Lockheed Martin spokesman for the F-22 program, Rob Fuller,
says it's premature to speculate on what Gates will recommend.
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