Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he or officials of his Department will discuss the issues raised by Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan of the US Air Force in his testimony on the F-35 programme to the US House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces sub-committee with their US counterparts.
Philip Dunne: It is part of normal MOD business to continuously assess the stealth performance of the F-35 against very high frequency digital radar.
Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what he expects to make the next main gate decision for the F-35.
Graham Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to meet his Belgian counterpart to discuss the procurement of F-35 joint striker fighters by that country.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the annual combined operating and support cost for one F-35 and one Typhoon aircraft.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with the F-35 Lightning II order; and if he will make a statement.
Lord Astor of Hever: By 7 May 2015 the UK will have ordered eight F-35 B aircraft, four of which will have been delivered. A contract for the procurement of long lead components for a further nine aircraft will also have been placed.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 Lightning II aircraft are intended to operate on each of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternatives his Department has considered should the F-35 be considerably delayed beyond 2020.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 1740, whether infrastructure work in advance of the arrival of the F-35 squadron has begun at RAF Marham.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2015 to Question 1740, what complex weapons he expects to be operational on the F-35 (a) by 2018, (b) by 2019, (c) by 2020 and (d) after 2020.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements his Department is making to ensure that US and UK F-35 squadrons at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Marham benefit from joint through-life support.
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the number of aircraft necessary to meet the threshold of initial operating capability for the F-35.
Andrew Murrison: I very much welcome the statement, particularly the commitment to naval platforms and manned and unmanned airframes, but to what extent do the through-life costings for the F-35 reflect the likelihood that UAVs will render the technology therein obsolete by the end-of-service date?
Philip Dunne: The Ministry of Defence is procuring a Lightning II Integrated Training Centre (ITC) at its main operating base at RAF Marham. The ITC will house full mission simulators with the capability of simulating the full range of bases from which the F-35 may be required to operate.
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment for the implications for his policy of the merits decision by the US Air Force to extend weight restrictions of F-35 Lightning II pilots until 2018; and whether his Department has issued similar guidelines for UK pilots.
Earl Howe: We continue to see a reduction in aircraft unit costs which is in line with the estimates shown in the annual US Selected Acquisition Report. The UK's F-35 programme remains within its cost approval limit as detailed in the National Audit Office Major Projects Report 2015.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the United States Department of Defense about safety of the F-35 ejection system.
Penny Mordaunt: No. The Ministry of Defence received a Host Nation Notification from the US in respect of RAF Lakenheath on 7 January 2015, relating to US F-35 basing.
Lord Moonie: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers have sufficient network bandwidth capabilities to make full use of the situational awareness and tactics which the F-35 can offer the Royal Navy; and what plans they have to enhance that use.