Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd June 2020.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the F-35 Block 4 upgrade is already (a) costed and (b) budgeted for in the existing F-35 programme budget for the UK; how many aircraft will be upgraded; and what the forecast programme cost range is.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The F-35 Block 4 upgrade has been included in the UK F-35 programme budget since its inception. Decisions on the number of aircraft to be upgraded will be made on the basis of military capability requirements. The costs of the Block 4 upgrade are managed through the F-35 Joint Programme Office and, as one partner in the multinational F-35 programme, the UK is not in a position to share detailed cost information.

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