Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 June 2022 to Question 21101, what the next stage of contract activity consists of.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2022 to Question 18777 on Military Aircraft, what the total number of (a) real and (b) simulated flight hours was for F-35 aircraft in each year since 2019.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 June 2022 to Question 18824, on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft Procurement, when his Department plans to sign a contract for the second tranche of 27 F-35 aircraft.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department will sign a contract for the second tranche of 27 F-35 aircraft.
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...
Baroness Goldie: In line with the Integrated Review, we are continuing to develop Future Combat Air System (FCAS) as a replacement for the capabilities provided by our Typhoon aircraft. Advances in technology mean it is being designed to deliver an even larger range and depth of capabilities, including greater networked interoperability with uncrewed aircraft and F-35.
Tobias Ellwood: ...is no doubt that, when dealing with a country such as Russia that is armed with tactical low-yield nuclear weapons, which we do not have in huge numbers in our arsenal, we need to have a sense of caution. However, there would be a stigma attached to Russia using those weapons systems, and countries such as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India and even China might stop sitting on the fence or...
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2022 to Question 1105 on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement, whether his Department is in discussions with Lockheed Martin about ordering further F-35 jets beyond the 48 already ordered.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 jets his Department has ordered as of 12 May 2022.
Wayne David: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the capacity of the new aircraft carriers to use data from the F-35 Lightning effectively.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the whole life cost of the UK’s F-35 fleet.
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem: My Lords, given the calm and cloistered nature of this debate, I cannot but reflect on the fact that, elsewhere, the medieval barbarism of Russia continues, with saturation artillery and bombing, rape, murder, looting and torture. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Finland and Sweden wish to join NATO. They will make a contribution to our collective defence but that contribution...
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 fighter jets his Department plans to (a) buy and (b) have delivered to the UK in each year until 2040.
John Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost will be for the UK’s order of F-35 jets as of 12 May 2022.
Jeremy Quin: Funding for a second tranche of F-35 Lightning has been delegated to Air Command as part of our recent annual budget cycle. Funding for Atlas A400M which not yet been delegated. A decision on future tranches of F-35B will be made in due course.
Baroness Goldie: Due to other operational commitments and engineering training pipelines there are no plans to accelerate our personnel Force Growth plan at present. We are constrained by our internationally agreed manufacture and delivery profile; there are capacity limitations in the overall F-35 development programme with many global customers.
Jeremy Quin: The scheduled delivery dates for METEOR and SPEAR 3 have been delayed owing to prioritisation in the overall F-35 development programme, managed by the US led F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO). SPEAR 1 (Paveway 4) has already been integrated on UK F-35B Lightning aircraft.
Alex Sobel: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the level of pollution caused by a F-35 fighter jet (a) taking off and (b) landing; and what powers he has to regulate those pollution levels in the context of the Government's commitments made at COP26.
Jeremy Quin: Yes. The seven day dwell period between submission of the data by the operator and the ability of the Hybrid Product Support Integration office to access it is F-35 Program policy across both the ALIS and ODIN systems.
Jeremy Quin: The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force upload information about F-35 aircraft status onto the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) system. This system can be then accessed by the F-35 Hybrid Product Support Integration (HPSI) office, which is a joint Lockheed Martin and US Department of Defence (DoD) body, with the goal of supporting F-35 readiness and maximising maintainability. The...