Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th January 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Lockheed Martin, (b) BAE Systems and (c) the US Department of Defense on maintaining the current level of UK-build content for the F-35 Lightning II programme.

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

The UK build content on F-35 remains stable and unchanged, with UK industry building around 15% by value of each of an estimated 3,000 F-35 aircraft. The F-35 production programme and its supply chain was established a number of years ago and we hold regular discussions with the US Department of Defense and others on all aspects of the programme. Separately, the UK has been selected as a global repair hub for F-35 components which also provides significant F-35 support work for the UK.

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