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