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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL3591, tabled on 9 December 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the primary factor in the choice of F35B variant as the United Kingdom’s new attack aircraft was the requirement for the aircraft to be operated from the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Answered on

23 December 2014

The F35B meets the UK's Combat Air capability requirements, contributing a 5th Generation capability alongside the Typhoon. The F35B provides flexibility to be equally capable of operating from bases ashore or from the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers as the operational scenario dictates.