16 Apr '12, 2pm

Paper: U.K. Reverting to STOVL JSF for its Carriers

Britain’s military chiefs have unanimously backed a plan to switch back to the short take-off, vertical-landing (STOVL) version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to equip its aircraft carriers, a report in The Times newspaper said April 16. The newspaper quotes unnamed officials as saying the “overwhelming case” from military chiefs for a change from the catapult-launched F-35C to the F-35B STOVL version could land on Prime Minister David Cameron’s desk this week. A plan to revert to the B version has been under consideration for weeks in the face of mounting concern over the cost of converting the two 65,000-ton aircraft carriers now being built by a BAE Systems-led alliance to launch and recover the C version. Some estimates put the figure at as much as 1.8 billion pounds ($2.85 billion). Work on converting the first of the aircraft carriers now being built at yards acros...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120416/DEFREG02/3041...

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