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Joint Strike Fighter

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, whether a deadline for disclosing the target offtake has been set. (244617)

We do not expect to make any commitments in this respect until operational test and evaluation of JSF is complete in 2014.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex of 6 November 2008, Official Report, column 676W, on the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, when he expects the through life cost of the Joint Strike Fighter programme to be established. (244619)

Through life costs will not be established until the JSF support solution is sufficiently mature, and will be dependent on the number of aircraft the UK purchases to meet its defence needs. We do not expect to make any commitments in this respect until operational test and evaluation of JSF is complete.