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Aircraft Carriers: F-35 Aircraft

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL693, tabled on 6 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government when the UK will be able to deploy a carrier with its (1) designated, and (2) planned for, load of 36 F-35B UK aircraft, plus helicopters.

Answered on

20 June 2022

The composition and size of the embarked air group in a deploying Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) carrier will be tailored to meet the operational requirement.

The QEC carriers have been designed to be able to embark 40 aircraft, a mix of fixed wing and rotary wing.