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‘Que Sera, Sera’: The UK and the F-35

While the F-35 may be very capable, the UK's inability to withdraw from the programme places the country in a position of dependence on the US.

In early February, Lockheed Martin sent its F-35 programme leadership to the UK to provide reassurance that the aircraft’s development was proceeding smoothly and slightly ahead of the schedule set when it was last revised in 2010. The delegation was confident, it said, that the programme’s worst technical problems were in the past and that the (extensive) remaining development of the aircraft would go well. It also offered specific confidence that any software challenges

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