Armed Forces: F35 Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th November 2008.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

What discussions they have held with United States officials and industry about reductions in uptake of F-35 aeroplanes by (a) the United States Air Force, (b) the United States Navy, (c) the United States Marine Corps, (d) the Royal Air Force, and (e) the Royal Navy.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have regular discussions with our US counterparts and have been made aware of the United States decision to reduce the US commitment in the 2009 production contract by two jets, one for the United States Air Force and one for the United States Marine Corps. Any implications to the United Kingdom have been taken into account and our programme continues to remain affordable.

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