Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 24th January 2012.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alternatives he considered to the deployment of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter on aircraft carriers.

Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

A number of potential solutions to the UK's requirement for a joint combat aircraft able to provide a survivable and sustainable expeditionary air capability were considered prior to the decision in 2001 to select the F-35 joint strike fighter. These alternative solutions included an Advanced Harrier, a navalised Typhoon and the F/A 18 Super Hornet.

The decision to select the F-35 joint strike fighter was reconfirmed during the 2010 strategic defence and security review.

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