Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 24 January 2017.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F-35B Sea Lightnings the UK currently owns; and whether there has been any change to (1) the number to be purchased in the financial year 2017–18, or (2) the planned date for forming the operational conversion unit.

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

The Ministry of Defence does not recognise the term 'Sea Lightning', with 'F-35B Lightning II' the designation jointly agreed by the First Sea Lord and the Chief of the Air Staff. To date we have taken delivery of eight F-35B Lightning II aircraft. There has been no change to the number to be purchased in the financial year 2017-18, and the operational conversion unit is on track against the current delivery plan.

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