UK will buy 138 F-35s

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier confirmed today that the UK will be making a full buy of 138 F-35 fighter jets as planned.

The Chief of the Air Staff made his remarks during a keynote speech at the Royal Aeronautical Society's Air Power conference at the RAF Museum Hendon this morning.

The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will both operate Britain's fleet of F-35Bs, with their primary role being the air wing of the UK's two 65,000 ton Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. ®

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