Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 31st 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 what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with their US counterparts on the annual report of the US Defense Department Office of Test and Evaluation on the F-35 programme.

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

UK officials are embedded within the US Joint Strike Fighter Programme Office and so had full visibility of the US Director Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) report.

The report is an annual activity, aimed at independently assessing joint strike fighter performance, with DOT&E staff having full access to the programme.

All of the issues raised in the 2013 report are well-known by Ministry of Defence officials and are being actively managed by the programme.

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