F-35 program is one of the more ambitious programs in the aviation
world today. The F-35 is a fighter that will be sold all around the
world and will be offered in several different variants for different
mission needs.One of the major partners in the aircraft
program is the United Kingdom and it decided to switch from the F-35B
STOVL version of the fighter to the F-35C carrier based version of
the fighter. UK officials are now offering three
reasons for the switch to the F-35C fighter from the B
version of the jet. UK General Sir Nicholas Houghton has
said that the UK determined that the price of the STOVL version of
the fighter was too high given the financial status of the UK at this
time. He also stated that the greater range and payload of the F-35C
fighter would be needed. The third reason for the chance according to
Houghton was that the U.S. and French were buying the carrier version
and the UK buying the same version would foster better
interoperability between the countries services.UK officials
also stated in October that by moving
to the F-35C version of the aircraft they would be able to
save significant money on the construction of aircraft carriers that
are slated to begin soon. The carries would be fitted with catapults
and arrestor systems that would be cheaper and allow allied forces to
land their fighters on the aircraft.Houghton also took the
chance to comment on the long running fiasco for choosing the
aerial tanker for the U.S. Air Force. He stated that the U.S.
choosing Airbus over a Boeing aircraft "would be a good thing"
and would foster "good faith" between the U.S. and Europe.
Houghton also stated that America has to understand that British
officials would not "misuse" their military power and will
go through a process to ensure that any use of their military was
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quote: The carries would be fitted with catapults and arrestor systems that would be cheaper and allow allied forces to land their fighters on the aircraft.