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UK set to procure first F-35 Lightning II squadron

29 April 2013

The UK is expected to obtain authority to procure its first squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)/Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) before the end of 2013, IHS Jane's was told on 18 April.

Speaking at BAE Systems' Warton production facility in Lancashire, Craig Smith, head of F-35 Sustainment Programme Development UK/EU, said that military officials with industry support are currently working on the Main Gate 4 approval process for the procurement of an additional 14 F-35Bs in order to stand up the UK's first squadron in 2016.

"Main Gate 4 is being worked on right now, and should be submitted to the Treasury later in 2013," he said.



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