Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th March 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, how many additional Defence Equipment and Support staff are needed to reduce the manning risk to Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme.

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

The overall Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) manpower requirement for the Lightning programme is being considered as part of the wider DE&S Transformation programme and will be defined by April 2017. This includes any additional staff needed to meet Lightning initial operating capability and to support the aircraft as it comes into service.

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