Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) ferry range, (b) combat radius and (c) combat range is of the (i) Joint Strike Fighter B and (ii) Joint Strike Fighter C.

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

The combat radius of the F35B is 450 nautical miles and the F35C, 600 nautical miles.

The ferry range for the F35B is 1,000 nautical miles and for the F35C it is 1,500 nautical miles.

The combat range for the two variants will be between the aircraft's combat radius and ferry range and is dependent on the configuration of the aircraft for the combat mission flown.

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