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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Air Force today announced that Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor to build the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) issued the following statement.

"The JSF announcement is obviously a disappointment to Boeing. Boeing put forth an innovative fighter, utilizing technologies gained from producing cutting-edge military and commercial aircraft.

While Lockheed Martin will lead the program, I sincerely hope the Pentagon and Lockheed will move quickly to incorporate Boeing and its unique technologies into the JSF program. For this program to succeed it must utilize the best technologies available, which means incorporating some features of the Boeing fighter.

It is in our national security interest to maintain more than one manufacturer of defense aircraft. We should take the best from the competing proposals and put them to work for the men and women who protect our freedom. We owe them no less.

This decision reinforces the need for federal support for the commercial aircraft industry and its workers following the September terrorist attacks. Aerospace workers in Texas got a boost from the government today. I again call on the Administration and Congress to pass a worker assistance package for dislocated workers impacted by terrorism.

I will continue to vigorously support the Air Force proposal to use Boeing 767s to replace the aging KC-135 air tanker fleet. The House acted this week to initiate a replacement program, and we are hoping for even greater support for this proposal when the Senate acts in the next few weeks. I am proud of the dedication, innovation and industry of Boeing workers, and I will continue to do all that I can to promote Boeing's ability to compete for business."