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Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th July 2017.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

Her Majesty's Government whether they remain committed to the purchase of 138 F-35B jump–jets for the Royal Navy.

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

As part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015, we reaffirmed our commitment to procure 138 F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The first tranche of 48 aircraft will be of the F-35B variant, which will be jointly operated by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, and capable of operating from both land and the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The decision on the variant of subsequent tranches of Lightning will be taken at the appropriate time.

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