British Navy will not get US joint strike fighters until 3 years after carrier enters service


US joint strike fighter jets. Photograph: Reuter

“The Ministry of Defence has still not decided how many planes should be assigned to the navy’s long-delayed and increasingly expensive aircraft carrier programme but whatever the number they will not be available for more than a decade, it has emerged.

Confusion over the carrier project was compounded on Friday when the MoD said in its “business plan” that the navy will not get its fleet of US joint strike fighters (JSFs) until 2023, three years after HMS Prince of Wales, the carrier to be equipped with the aircraft, is due to enter service.

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