Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th July 2016.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be supported at BAE Systems in Samlesbury by the F-35 programme; and for how long those jobs will be supported.

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

UK industry, as a whole, will build around 15 per cent by value of each of the more than 3,000 planned F-35s.

We expect the F-35B Lightning II Programme to sustain thousands of jobs in the UK into the 2040s, with many companies involved in design, manufacture and support of the aircraft, including at BAE Systems in Samlesbury. These jobs will enable the UK to retain and continue to develop its leading edge technologies and manufacturing capabilities, making a significant contribution to the UK economy.

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