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F-35 Aircraft: Procurement

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 48238, tabled on 6 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of when his Department will be able to deploy two operational squadrons of F-35s.

Answered on

12 September 2022

809 Naval Air Squadron is due to stand up in quarter two of 2023. Full Operating Capability for the Lightning Force is expected in 2025 at which point the Lightning Force will be able to operationally deploy both squadrons concurrently.