Aviation Week & Space Technology
06/11/2007, page 30
British Defense Ministry revises its planning dates for the F-35
Printed headline: U.K. Delays JSF
The U.K. will delay service entry of the Joint Strike Fighter by three years, to 2017, and is exploring options for further postponing the Harrier GR9's retirement.
The ministry had been planning to introduce the Joint Combat Aircraft, as the U.K. refers to the Lockheed Martin F-35, into service in December 2014. British industry officials close to the program suggest the latest delay has resulted at least in part from budgetary issues related to Equipment Program 07 deliberations.
At the same time, consideration is being given to the option for pushing the Harrier GR9 out of service date (OSD) beyond 2018-19.
If the U.K. sticks to its present carrier acquisition program, GR9s would serve for several years on the new class before the arrival of the JCA.
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