Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Lord Drayson, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the next phase of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme this week.
The MoU was signed following a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of Defence, Gordon
In 2001 the government selected JSF to meet the requirement for a stealthy multi-role fighter to operate from the future aircraft carriers, replacing Harriers jets. The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) current plan is to buy up to 150 of the Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant.
Lord Drayson said: ‘I have always been clear that the
The MOD defines ‘operational sovereignty’ as the UK having control over essential aspects of the aircraft such as the ability to integrate JSF into the UK operating environment; operate, maintain, repair and upgrade the UK fleet to meet evolving through-life requirements; and certify the aircraft as safe to fly.