Mar 2, 2011 By Andrea Shalal-Esa
WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department said on Tuesday it wants further price cuts when it negotiates the next contract to buy F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N). Major General C.D. Moore, the No. 2 official running the $382 billion weapons program, said he was looking forward to a productive year of testing, training and production after a second major restructuring of the program in a year. He said the Pentagon would also continue to press Lockheed to lower the cost of building the new radar-evading fighter jets, starting with talks about a fifth batch of production jets due to get under way soon.