Military Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 10th July 2012.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of autonomy the UK will have in relation to (a) mission systems and (b) computer systems for the (i) F-35 and (ii) Rivet Joint aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

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

The F35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft has been designed and integrated to meet the requirements of the nine partner nations involved in the programme, including the aircraft mission systems and computer systems. The UK could modify the aircraft and its systems to meet unique needs, on a ‘pay to be different' basis, however this would introduce non-standardisation into the JSF aircraft fleet.

The UK will have the ability to modify the mission systems and computer systems equipment installed on its Air Seeker (Rivet Joint) aircraft and ground systems to meet UK-specific requirements, but this would attract additional support costs. In general the UK will strive to keep the standard of its equipment aligned with the United States Air Force as part of the US/UK Cooperative Programme.

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