Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision has been made as to how many F-35B aircraft will be allocated to the Operational Conversion Unit, and what are the estimated costs of setting up and running the Operational Conversion Unit.

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

The numbers of F-35B aircraft within the Operational Conversion Unit will vary over time, dependent on the operational output required for the UK Lightning II force.

An estimate of costs associated with establishing and sustaining an Operational Conversion Unit for the F-35B has been made. The Department does not publish cost estimates as to do so would prejudice its commercial interests.

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