Mark Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of (a) the F-35 programme and (b) each F-35 aircraft.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK F-35 pilots have been converted to the F-35 through training establishments in the (a) UK and (b) US in (i) 2018-19 and (ii) 2019-20.
Jeremy Quin: No manufacturing work related to the F-35 Lightning programme has been transferred overseas as a result of the takeover of Cobham by Advent International and there are no current plans to do so. As such, the takeover has had no impact on the per unit value of F-35 work attributed to the UK Defence industry.
Jeremy Quin: The Martin Baker Ejector Seat is in all three F-35 variants and is almost exclusively produced in the UK. Those elements produced in the UK contribute to the UK content of the F-35 Air System.
Baroness Goldie: We have informed the US led F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) of our Tranche 2 purchase intention. However, we are subject to our internationally agreed manufacture and delivery schedules, and capacity limitations in the overall F-35 development programme with its many global customers.
Baroness Goldie: The Royal Navy currently has less than five pilots on the advanced flying course at Royal Air Force Valley. This course is the prerequisite to progressing to the F-35 Operational Conversion Unit. The Lightning Force qualified F-35 pilot strength is sufficient for its Very High Readiness status and all current operational requirements.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with his US counterpart on the potential impact of the Pentagon’s suspension of F-35 deliveries on the UK’s order of F-35 jets.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 17 October 2022 to Question 58895 on F-35 Aircraft: Procurement, how many F-35 aircraft has his department ordered out of the 138 committed to.
Alex Chalk: All F-35 Partner Nations, Programme Participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers procure their aircraft, including their constituent components through the F-35 Joint Programme Office.
Greg Hands: It was a great pleasure to visit the F-35 factory in Fort Worth in the summer of 2016, and of course the F-35 has a huge UK content to it, so does my hon. Friend agree that these contracts show the immense contribution being made by the Welsh defence industry to the UK economy and exports overall?
Jeremy Quin: 21 Pratt & Whitney F135 engines are fitted in the UK's F-35 Lightning fleet, all of which are serviceable and in working order, with their legal title residing with the UK. The UK does not hold spare F135 engines. Instead, the engines and their modules are swapped out when they need changing or repairing as part of the F-35 Global Spares Pool.
Harriett Baldwin: The green glow is a known and recorded issue for the F-35 helmet display; a resolution is being developed. The UK is not aware of green glow impeding the pilot's ability to read the aircraft's instruments, nor has it experienced a total failure of night vision capability. UK pilots have found the Gen III helmet to offer outstanding capabilities across the range of F-35 operating roles.
Philip Dunne: The Ministry of Defence has regular discussions with the US Government and F-35 industry partners about the F-35 Lightning II programme, including the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). The ALIS has been subject to a comprehensive programme of testing and risk assessment. It has been designed to be resilient against cyber-attack and will continue to be the subject of testing...
the Earl of Courtown: My noble friend makes a good point. As I said earlier, Turkey is now excluded from the F-35 programme, both as a partner in its manufacture and as an end user. The noble Lord, Lord West, also asked whether there are opportunities for BAE Systems. The MoD is considering how the suspension of Turkey from the F-35 programme will affect our costs, delivery timeline and possible opportunities.
Philip Dunne: The F-35 jet engine, which is also known as the F135, as a whole unit cannot be transported by any of the Ministry of Defence's rotary wing assets. The F-35 engine is typically broken down into smaller modules for transportation. The heaviest module is the engine power module which a Chinook aircraft is capable of carrying as an underslung load to deliver it to the Queen Elizabeth class carrier.
Harriett Baldwin: The Ministry of Defence has made a funding allocation for future development of the Automatic Logistics Information System, as part of the F-35 follow on modernisation programme. The requirements underpinning this development have been agreed with all of the other F-35 Partner Nations and align closely with our operating procedures and known upgrades to the aircraft. I am withholding details...
Jeremy Quin: With regard to the F-35 Lift System, Rolls Royce considered their UK supply base in estimating the proportion of the Lift System manufactured in the UK. This contributes to the overall UK content of the F-35 Air System. This assessment reflects that the UK Defence Industry is defined as embracing all suppliers, including both UK and foreign owned companies, that create value, employment,...
Baroness Goldie: The F-35 Lightning aircraft undertake the Electronic Attack roles similar to the E/A-18 Growler. Fitted with the AN/APG-81 radar and AN/ASQ-239 system, the F-35 has robust electronic warfare (EW) Capabilities and can operate in the EW role utilising the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) multi-function radar. Additionally, the Typhoon radar will be upgraded later this decade with ECRS...
Earl Howe: The UK remains concerned by the planned purchase of S-400 by Turkey and its implications for their continued participation in the F-35 programme. As the US administration has made clear, the purchase of S-400 generates unacceptable risks around F-35. We share this risk assessment and continue to call on Turkey to reconsider its planned purchase in light of those risks and the US offer of...
Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussion has taken place with the US to ensure that the development of the SPEAR weapon for the US version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is compatible with the UK version; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment has been made of the compatibility of the SPEAR weapon with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; and if he will make...