Pres­sure on PM to bail out of costly F-35 fighter pledge

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY BEN GLAZE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

THERESA May is un­der mount­ing pres­sure to ditch a multi-bil­lion-pound deal for US stealth fighter jets, it was claimed yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ters have pledged to buy 138 F- 35 Light­ning II air­craft from US man­u­fac­turer Lock­heed Martin.

The Min­istry of Defence has so far bought 48 at a cost of £9.1bil­lion but is re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase of more Ty­phoons, made by a Euro­pean con­sor­tium that in­cludes the UK.

For­mer defence min­is­ter Mark Fran­cois, who sits on the Defence Se­lect Com­mit­tee, said: “Un­less Lock­heed bring the cost down, the F-35 will suck up funds for other pro­grammes.”

The Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee last week warned the MoD it “sim­ply does not have enough money to buy all the equip­ment it needs”.

The F-35

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