The location and status of Britain’s F-35 fleet has been listed by the Ministry of Defence.
The information came to light in a response to a written question submitted in the House of Commons.
Mark Francois, Member of Parliament for Rayleigh and Wickford, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) location and (b) operational status is of each of the 48 F-35 aircraft on order from Lockheed Martin.”
Jeremy Quin, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence, responded:
“21 Lightning aircraft have been delivered to the UK by Lockheed-Martin. The remaining 27 aircraft remain at various stages of production.
The location of the 21 delivered aircraft in mid-July 2021 is broken down as follows:
17 Squadron, Edwards AFB USA – Three
207 Squadron, RAF Marham – Eight
617 Squadron embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth – Eight
RAF Marham Maintenance and Finishing Facility – Two”
How many F-35Bs is the UK hoping to purchase?
The First Sea Lord said previously during a webcast that the UK intends to purchase ‘around 60’ F-35B jets and then ‘maybe more up to around 80’ for four deployable squadrons.
According to the recently released Defence Command Paper released today titled ‘Defence in a Competitive Age’, the UK intends to increase the fleet size beyond the 48 F-35 aircraft it has already ordered.
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