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UK F-35 deliveries navigate TR-3 software snag as MoD keeps cool

29th March 2024 - 17:54 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


In the UK context, the Block 4 standard is a requirement for the fighters to carry the Meteor and SPEAR 3 weapon systems. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

While the Royal Air Force recently received two new Lightning F-35B jets, delays in TR-3 software implementation have raised questions about the delivery of the remaining 13 Lockheed Martin jets.

The impact of the delays Lockheed Martin has been grappling with regarding the Tech Refresher 3 (TR-3) upgrades on the UK deliveries has remained unclear as the RAF took delivery of two new Lightning F-35B fighter jets. Set to be joining the rest of the F-35Bs at the Norfolk base, the freshly arrived jets have been undergoing serviceability checks.

Answering an email enquiry to Shephard, an UK MoD spokesperson said: “The UK has recently re-formed 809 Naval Air Squadron as the 2nd front line F-35 squadron, and we do not currently anticipate a shortfall in the ability to build the

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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