Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft:Written question - 132336

Q
(Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
Asked on: 13 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrades to the F-35 in the next seven years.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 20 March 2018

The F-35 future development programme will see the aircraft upgraded from the baseline capability standard (Block 3F) to the first agreed set of new capabilities (Block 4). The F-35 Joint Program Office is currently determining the scope of this development programme and its associated cost. The UK's contribution will be around 4.5% of F-35 Program common upgrade costs, from which the UK gains 100% of the benefit. Approval for upgrade funding will be sought at the appropriate points in the programme.

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