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F-35 Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL4685, tabled on 16 January 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F-35B Sea Lightnings the UK currently owns; and whether there has been any change to (1) the number to be purchased in the financial year 2017–18, or (2) the planned date for forming the operational conversion unit.

Answered on

24 January 2017

The Ministry of Defence does not recognise the term 'Sea Lightning', with 'F-35B Lightning II' the designation jointly agreed by the First Sea Lord and the Chief of the Air Staff. To date we have taken delivery of eight F-35B Lightning II aircraft. There has been no change to the number to be purchased in the financial year 2017-18, and the operational conversion unit is on track against the current delivery plan.