Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Thomas Docherty Thomas Docherty Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many F-35s the UK is contractually obliged to purchase.

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

At this stage of the Joint Strike Fighter programme, aircraft are being procured via a rolling programme of annual contracts which confirm customer requirements two years ahead of purchase. At this time the UK has accepted three F-35B aircraft and confirmed its order for a fourth, which is scheduled for delivery in 2015. We will make further announcements on new contractual commitments in due course.

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