Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 4th February 2014.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the progress of the F35 Lightning II programme.

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

Delivery of the F-35 programme in terms of performance, time and cost remains under continuous assessment as part of the Ministry of Defence's ongoing process of assurance. Overall, the F-35 programme continues to make steady progress. The development Flight Test programme is on target and in August 2013, the F-35B underwent a successful second set of carrier trials aboard the USS Wasp.

The UK F-35 programme has taken delivery of its first three aircraft on schedule, which are currently based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. An order was placed for a fourth UK aircraft in September 2013. The UK programme remains on track to deliver Initial Operating Capability in December 2018.

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