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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Joint Combat Aircraft to be available for service with the Royal Navy. (134729)

[holding answer 1 May 2007]: As my hon. Friend Lord Drayson, who has ministerial responsibility for equipment and support stated in the other place on 8 January 2007, Official Report, column WA8, we will not be setting in-service dates for the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) until we take the main investment decision, and we will take that decision when the project is sufficiently mature. Our plans for JCA remain coherent with the CVF programme.