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 progress is being made with the flight test programme for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fighters.

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

The F-35 fleet has now flown more than 50,000 hours (development test and production). This has included three periods of United States Marine Corps sea trials aboard the USS Wasp. The most recent of these was successfully concluded at the end of June 2015, within which the UK was fully integrated. Testing from UK aircraft carriers is due to start in 2018.

The UK programme remains on track to deliver initial operating capability from land in 2018 and aircraft carriers in 2020.

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