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BAE SYSTEMS welcomes UK MOD announcement on F-35 JSF and Future Carrier

30 Sep 2002

BAE Systems welcomes the announcement made today by the UK government on the weapon system at the centre of the UK's future Force Projection capability. Defence Procurement Minister Lord Bach announced that the UK Ministry of Defence intends to procure the Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) as well as two large, adaptable aircraft carriers. This combined decision demonstrates that the aircraft and the carrier are a single powerful and versatile weapon system.

BAE Systems is a key partner with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman in the development and production of the Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF. It is also leading a highly-skilled international team, which includes Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, in the competition to deliver the two UK aircraft carriers from which the F-35 JSF will operate. These team commonalities give BAE Systems access to the information, the expertise and the technology needed to deliver a truly networked Force Projection capability to the UK MoD.

Chris Geoghegan, BAE Systems Chief Operating Officer said: "The Carrier and the F-35 JSF will form the backbone of a highly flexible UK force projection capability and are at the heart of the wider battlespace network. Optimising the system integration between these and other platforms is essential. Our leading position on both naval and aircraft prime contracting ensures that we are uniquely positioned to be able to deliver this."

Nigel Stewart, Managing Director of the BAE Systems Future Carrier Team said "We welcome the decision by the MoD to select this adaptable solution for the Future Carrier. This will provide the UK government and, most importantly UK forces, with two highly capable, versatile and significantly future-proofed ships. But just as importantly, this solution will provide real value for money to the customer and the taxpayer, as it will ensure that the two ships are capable of being adapted to stay in line with the evolving operational requirements of our forces."

"Future Carrier could become the key to new export successes for the UK shipbuilding industry, as it will demonstrate and reinforce UK leadership and innovation in naval design and integration. We are working closely with the key UK warship builders and have developed a coherent design and industrial strategy for the Future Carriers which will help to maximise the potential of UK warship building over the next decade."

Martin Taylor, JSF Vice-President and Deputy Programme Manager, BAE Systems said: "This highly significant decision by the UK Ministry of Defence underlines the achievements of the Short Take-off and Vertical Landing JSF capability demonstrator. The revolutionary technology involved, and the highly successful flight test programme, which was led by BAE Systems, have produced a world-leading STOVL aircraft which will provide excellent operational capabilities to the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Joint Harrier Force."

"BAE Systems is providing the Lockheed Martin team with unique engineering expertise and knowledge of the UK Defence environment. Our support of the JSF development, across all aspects of the system, will deliver the JSF into the UK as a highly effective element of an integrated system of defence assets."

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