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Joint Strike Fighter

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future procurement of the Joint Strike Fighter. (321337)

The Government remain committed to the Joint Strike Fighter as stated by the then Secretary of State on 18 March 2009, Official Report, column 54WS, on the approval to purchase three Joint Strike Fighters to allow the UK to participate in Operational Test and Evaluation in the US. The Joint Strike Fighter remains the optimum solution to the UK’s Joint Combat Aircraft requirement as part of our Carrier Strike programme. We have not made further investment decisions at this stage and cannot, therefore, announce overall numbers, variants or the in-service date.