Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th June 2015.

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Photo of Douglas Chapman Douglas Chapman Scottish National Party, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many successful night landings of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35B have been conducted by RAF pilots using night vision.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Procurement)

The F-35B has not yet entered frontline service with the UK Armed Forces. A single RAF test pilot is at Naval Air Station Patuxant River as part of the multi-national integrated test force. A joint team of RAF and Royal Navy pilots is at Edwards Air Force Base operating as part of the multi-national team undertaking operational test and evaluation. While clearance for operational use of night vision (enhancement) continues in the multi-national test team, UK pilots have completed no night landings using the system. However, UK pilots have completed 20 conventional visual night landings.

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