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F-35 Aircraft: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 148723, tabled on 3 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the recent purchase of Cobham by Advent International, what information his Department holds on whether work previously undertaken within Cobham’s UK facility on the F-35 programme is now planned to be undertaken in the US; and what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of that takeover on the per unit value of the F-35 programme attributed to the UK defence industry.

Answered on

9 February 2021

No manufacturing work related to the F-35 Lightning programme has been transferred overseas as a result of the takeover of Cobham by Advent International and there are no current plans to do so. As such, the takeover has had no impact on the per unit value of F-35 work attributed to the UK Defence industry.