Britain may order 14 F-35 jets as early as next week: sources
Published on Jan 23, 2014 10:44 PM
LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain may announce an order for 14 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 super-stealth jets as early as next week, three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.
The so called 'Main Gate 4' order, for the F-35 B vertical take-off variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, would mark the Britain's first firm F-35 purchase since it committed to buying 48 planes in 2012.
It has so far taken delivery of three training jets.
Britain's Conservative-led government was embarrassed by its decision two years ago to flip-flop on which variant of the radar-evading aircraft to buy, which cost the British taxpayer at least 74 million pounds (S$156.9 million).
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