Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th March 2016.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what testing has been done on software systems for UK F-35 Lightning II fighters for resistance to hacking.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The F-35B Lightning II aircraft and its Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) have both been designed to be resilient against cyber attack and will be the subject of testing throughout the life of the programme.

Risk assessments of the aircraft and ALIS vulnerability to cyber attacks are conducted continuously. In addition, all classified data transmission to and from the F-35B Lightning II aircraft is fully encrypted.

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