Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35B aircraft need to be aboard a Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier before it reaches its initial operating capability; and whether the first F-35Bs used to meet such requirements will be from the US Marine Corps.

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

The UK plans to have a squadron of UK F35Bs available at Initial Operating Capability. The exact number of aircraft embarked at any time will be dependent on the mission being undertaken.

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