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Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the first Joint Strike Fighter for service on the new aircraft carriers will be delivered; and whether that date will affect the projected in-service date for the carriers.[HL880]

We will not be setting in-service dates for the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) or the future aircraft carriers (CVF) until we take the respective main investment decisions. We will take those decisions when the projects are sufficiently mature. Our plans for JCA remain coherent with the CVF programme.