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Concerns raised over UK F-35 operational balance

16th September 2020 - 10:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Defence analysts have questioned whether the UK F-35 programme can be built up to readily support a broad range of air, land and sea-based missions.

Being able to use the fifth-generation fighter fleet for concurrent carrier strike and SEAD operations would be a ‘difficult ask,’ according to Justin Bronk, research fellow in combat airpower and technology at RUSI.

During a defence select committee hearing on 15 September he voiced specific concern over F-35 capabilities currently being ‘double or triple hatted', a suggestion that the fleet could become overstretched should the UK find itself in a position of having to fight

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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