Inaugural Ski Jump Of The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II
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UK's Next Generation Warplane Will Be A 'Game Changer'

Senior military leaders have called the F-35B game changing for the UK's military ability.

Inaugural Ski Jump Of The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II

Senior military leaders have called Britain's next generation war plane game changing for the UK's military ability.

Commodore Andrew Betton, commander of the Royal Navy's carrier strike group, said the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter would give the UK

"a world-beating capability"

alongside two new aircraft carriers.

When speaking aboard the USS George HW Bush, Cmdr Betton also said that the F-35B marked a true step forward for British warplanes.

"I'm confident that the F-35B, combined with the Queen Elizabeth class carrier, will give us a world-beating capability."

Royal Marine Lieutenant Colonel Phil Kelly, a former Harrier jet pilot who is now the strike warfare commander in the UK's carrier strike group, also praised the new aircraft.

"I'm more than happy having a fifth generation fighter coming to us, with a lot of the capabilities that they will bring will be game changing for us."

The US built jet has had some concerns surrounding its production. 

The Times reported that the jet had suffered a series of technical difficulties.

The paper claimed that the F-35B cannot transmit data to British ships or older planes without revealing its position to the enemy, while also claiming it was vulnerable to cyber attack.

It also stated that hidden costs which they believe pushes the cost of the aircraft to more than £150 million.

However, manufacturer Lockheed Martin believes the aircraft will cost between £77 million and £100 million each.

Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin last month told Parliament there are around 19 important deficiency reports that remain open, out of 2,600 deficiency reports raised for all three variants of the F-35 to date.

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