On Monday, Britain announced that it had signed a contract with the US based military airplane manufacture Lockheed Martin to purchase the first batch of 14 F-35B.
Four of Lightning II stealth combat aircraft will operate from the Royal Navy’s forthcoming new aircraft carriers. These aircraft will also be able to operate from land bases of the UK. The remaining 10 planes will be ordered over the next five years.
The first batch is expected to be delivered two years from here on i.e. 2016. The planes will take up air station in 2018.
The F-35 aircraft will help the RAF to ensure it secures the skies for decades to come as the plane is based on the latest stealth technology and multi-role aircraft capability.
The fighter jets possess short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) capability coupled with the latest stealth and Intelligence Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) technology. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will have access to the F-35Bs.
The F-35 couldn’t show up at Farnborough International Airshow due to technical problems.
Royal Navy is currently operating without an aircraft carrier. However, a new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to go into service in 2020 with another, HMS Prince of Wales, to follow.
Source: Yahoo News