Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made with the development of the US-UK Joint Strike Fighter; and how much the project has cost.

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

The Joint Strike Fighter programme remains on schedule with the first development aircraft completing its ninth flight including full after-burner test in flight. The UK has now received the necessary assurances on technology transfer from the US; this will allow the UK to meet its operational sovereignty requirements. The next phase of the programme has now come into effect, with the UK, US and other international partners having signed up to the production, sustainment and follow-on development memorandum of understanding with the US.

At February 2007 £1.062 billion has been incurred on the JSF project covering concept, assessment and demonstration phases.

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