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 whether the communications capability for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fighters allows full integration with the 4C capability of US variants.

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

The UK's F-35B Lightning II aircraft will be able to communicate with all US variants of the F-35 and any other friendly forces on the same network.

The sensor suite on the F-35B Lightning II allows pilots to see a single integrated picture of the battlespace and automatically communicate and share that data with other strike aircraft, including the US F-35, as well as other airborne, surface and ground-based platforms.

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