Joint Strike Fighter

Defence written question – answered on 26th October 2005.

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Photo of Ann Winterton Ann Winterton Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress in acquiring F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the new aircraft carriers.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

In conjunction with the US and the other international partners within the Joint Strike Fighter programme, we are negotiating the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding for the co-operative production, support and follow on development phase.

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I J
Posted on 31 Oct 2005 6:14 pm (Report this annotation)

The Ministry of Defence are in a quandary - one way out is to help the British shipbuilding industry. The MoD wanted to buy Joint Strike Fighters (£10 billion worth) from the United States for delivery next decade. But technology transfer and production problems have arisen. 'The Business' reported yesterday that the Dutch are thinking of halving their order of JSF's.

On the 21 October, the Minister for Armed Forces said there were no plans for the new aircraft carriers to be equipped with French warplanes. However this option is looking more likely - a mix of Rafales and JSF's must be a possibility now. Moreover, we could build France an aircraft carrier in exchange for some of the planes.

I J
Posted on 8 Nov 2005 9:00 pm (Report this annotation)

The JSF warplane for the new carriers is looking more and more doubtful. Fallbacks are reported today to include the Rafale, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Radio broadcast is here. http://bfbsradio2.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=32332

Philip Hunt
Posted on 9 Nov 2005 3:06 am (Report this annotation)

Britain has put $2 billion into the American JSF project. What guarantees do we have that we will actually get the right aircraft out of it, i.e. the STOVL F-35B, and that we won't be fobbed off with a deliberately crippled version, i.e. without the advanced stealth capability which we have helped to pay for?

If the memorandum of understanding public? Is there any comeback on the USA if they renege on the agreement? (I suspect the answer is "no" to both questions).

I J
Posted on 9 Nov 2005 12:15 pm (Report this annotation)

A waste of $2bn in public money will likely result in little action. It's indicative of the lack of checks and balances on taxpayers' funds generally. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2005-06-28.7324.h&am...