Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th December 2016.

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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, what the most recent timetable is for the weapons testing programme for the F35B Joint Strike Fighter with the (a) Raytheon Paveway IV, (b) MBDA ASRAAM and (c) MBDA AMRAAM; and if he will estimate the costs of integrating each of those systems.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The testing and integration programme for all three weapons remains on track to be delivered in line with the UK F-35B Lightning initial operating capability date of December 2018. The UK has a through-life cost for the F-35, which includes weapons integration testing; this figure cannot be broken out to provide a figure for the weapons integration element. Overall, the UK F-35 programme remains within its cost approval.

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