Military Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Defence intends the Tempest programme to produce a carrier-capable solution.

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

The F-35 is at the beginning of its service life and is the most effective and developed aircraft capable of Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carrier operations. The combat air acquisition programme is looking at the replacement of Typhoon's capabilities and any new combat air system will need to be interoperable with the Carrier Enabled Power Projection (CEPP) programme. The concept phase of the acquisition programme will consider QEC basing for any unmanned force multipliers which may form part of the future combat air system.

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