to me, the level of funding of that PCA is comically low (of course assuming I wouldn't know if some funds were blackened) once compared toThat's up by $100M next year (assuming that passes). Then another $100M (at least) in FY22. Plus additional between here and there, probably. If it's an additional $100M/year, we're looking at another $400M or 4+ F-35s worth of something. I'd bet either some cost growth or more prototyping/demonstrations.
I'd heard a couple rumors what happened at Tyndall AFB shook up things and added urgency, but $400M doesn't look like a lot of an acceleration, tbh. If it had been another $2B between now and peak, then I'd say we'd see the PCA far, far faster.
about fifty-five billion for F-35 development:
"$55.2" in the last column of Table 1 at p. 5 (10 of 57 in PDF)