Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 19th November 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the F-35 joint strike fighter jet will be battle-ready.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Under current planning assumptions, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has a provisional initial operating capability of 2018, with the aircraft's in-service date not due to be finalised until its next investment decision point. As stated in the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review, it is the UK's intention to have the Carrier Strike capability from 2020.

The first two test and evaluation aircraft were delivered this summer. The first production aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2016.

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