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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL12036, tabled on 11 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether 48 F35B combat aircraft would meet the requirement for 35 embarked aircraft that were originally considered essential for initial war-entry Carrier Strike operations.

Answered on

25 January 2021

48 Lightning aircraft will be available when the Carrier Enabled Power Projection Full Operational Capability milestone is reached in 2026. The future composition of the UK Lightning Force will be determined by the requirements identified in the Integrated Review.