Armed Forces: Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what agreements they have put in place with the Government of the United States for consultations on the costs and scope of future upgrades within the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) programme.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The UK and the US have an agreement in place known as the Production Sustainment and Follow-on Development (PSFD) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This document governs how follow-on development (future upgrades) will work, including scope and cost-sharing arrangements across the international partnership.

The upgrade strategy for the aircraft is to field capability and sustainability improvements every two years. The scope of capability upgrades is agreed jointly by the international partnership. The PSFD MoU provides for full UK visibility of costs, and to this effect the UK has personnel embedded within the JSF programme office to analyse the associated information.

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