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Published on Jul 20, 2012

UK TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST LIGHTNING II FIGHTER JET

The first of the UK's next generation stealth combat aircraft has today been handed over to the MoD.

At a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond formally accepted the first jet which will be known as Lightning II.

The aircraft are Short Take Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

The UK is the first country outside the US to receive these aircraft and Mr Hammond today announced that the MoD intends to order a fourth Lightning II aircraft next year to add to the three already on contract.

The Royal Navy and RAF will conduct flight trials of the jets which will operate from land bases and from sea.

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