Dec 23 Lockheed Martin Corp said its
Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson gave U.S. President-elect Donald
Trump a personal commitment to bring down the price of its F-35
fighter jet, after he heaped pressure on the aerospace company
over the cost.
Lockheed's shares fell on Friday after Trump's message on
Twitter, and after he earlier tweeted that he had asked rival
Boeing Co to "price-out" an older aircraft as an
Hewson said in a statement tweeted by Lockheed that the
company would "aggressively" drive down the cost of the F-35,
which brought in about 20 percent of Lockheed's sales last year.
Trump's transition team did not immediately respond to
requests for comment.
Lockheed shares ended down nearly 1.3 percent in Friday
trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru, editing by G