The UK is to receive 17 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft under the first USD34 billion block-buy contract finalised by the US Department of Defense and prime contractor Lockheed Martin on 29 October.
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the details of its element of the three-year contract to Jane's on 1 November, including its yearly buy of aircraft.
Under the new contract, the UK will start receiving Lot 12 aircraft in 2020 when three jets are scheduled to be delivered. Under Lot 13, six aircraft will be delivered in 2021 and eight aircraft will follow under Lot 14 in 2022.
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