By John T. Bennett - 12/13/11 02:45 AM EST
A House-Senate compromise version of a Pentagon policy bill would shift to Lockheed Martin the full burden of paying for new F-35 cost breaches.
The Pentagon earlier this year informed lawmakers of a substantial cost spike in the latest batch of F-35s, drawing the ire of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
What's more, it would require Lockheed take on "full responsibility for any costs above the target cost specified in the contract."
Pentagon officials have touted their contract talks with Lockheed for the fourth and fifth batches of the fighter jets, but the conference panel's language is even tougher on Lockheed.