Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson has confirmed that not only had the UK’s F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter passed the important Initial Operating Capability milestone but also that the £425 million ‘Project Centurion’ upgrade programme had been completed by BAE Systems and its partners on time and on budget.
16 aircraft have been delivered so far out of a total of 35 firm orders.
The MOD constantly remind us that the intention is to acquire 138 F-35 aircraft over the programme lifetime. The MOD need to set out a clear strategy in respect of required capacity in numbers and requirement for both the 'A' and 'B' variants.
Another sign of lack of resources
We now have just one ship available to patrol 80,000 square miles of fishing waters after HMS Mersey (see below) has been transferred to the English Channel.
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