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The littoral combat ships. The F-22 Raptor. The F-35 Lightning II. Each of these government production contracts has garnered plenty of headline space for cost overruns and delays. The F-35 alone has gobbled up $400 billion during its development and service life so far and, for a time, the F-22 had a nasty reputation of asphyxiating pilots. Considering this, it's refreshing to hear of a big-name government contract going right.