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8 Feb 02. The Dutch government chose to contribute $800m up front towardsthe cost of developing the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)project led by the Pentagon and U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin(NYSE:LMT – news), Prime Minister Wim Kok said on Friday.

“Of overriding importance was that the JSF was clearly the bestcandidate,”Kok told a news conference.Dutch media had earlier reported the decision, but spokesmen for thegovernmenthad declined to confirm it ahead of the press conference

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