Pratt & Whitney says it has received a $508 million to build 38 new engines for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

That brings the value Pratt’s contracts from the Pentagon for the planes to $1.1 billion.

The F-35 program has been plagued by massive cost overruns and other problems.

But the Pentagon, which once had harsh words for the F-35, whose main contractor is Lockheed Martin, said things are getting better.

“The engine price has been going down, and that trend will continue,” said Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program’s executive officer. “I’ve met with Pratt & Whitney’s senior leaders, and they are working closely with the supply chain to continue to bring down the cost to the government.”

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Ana has written about politics and policy in Washington, D.C.. for Gannett, Thompson Reuters and UPI. She was a special correspondent for the Miami Herald, and a regular contributor to The New York TImes, Advertising Age and several other publications. She has also worked in broadcast journalism, for CNN and several local NPR stations. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.

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