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Immediate Release

Statement by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment William LaPlante on F-35 Waiver

Attributable to Dr. William LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment – 
Today, I signed the National Security Waiver that allows DoD to accept Lot 13 and Lot 14 F-35 aircraft containing non-compliant specialty metals in Honeywell Integrated Power Package Turbomachines. Acceptance of the aircraft is necessary for national security interests. This determination applies to a total of 126 F-35 aircraft awaiting delivery or to be delivered under the Lot 12-14 production contract. This determination applies from the date of my approval through the acceptance date of the last aircraft delivered under that contract, which is currently projected for October 31, 2023.