Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Defence written question – answered on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions are in place in relation to the operation of Lightning II aircraft in or near lightning.

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

A flight restriction to avoid lightning by 25 nautical miles has been placed on all variants of F-35 until associated design tests have been successfully completed. Lightning testing is scheduled to be completed in 2015. This incremental test programme has been developed to align with the aircraft’s planned capability development and will be completed well ahead of UK Initial Operating Capability in 2018.

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