Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th March 2017.

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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, with reference to paragraph 3.11, page 41 of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, how many of his Department's personnel (a) are and (b) have been seconded to the US-based Joint Program Office for the Lightning II programme since that programme began.

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

Under the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the US for the F-35 Lightning Programme, from 2001 to 2006 the UK had 10 posts in the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) for the F-35 Lightning. From 2006 to date the UK has had an additional 20 posts in the F-35 JPO making a total of 30 posts. The tour length of individuals in the JPO is three to four years.

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