2013 Report details for project: Lightning II Programme

Project name: Lightning II Programme - there are 7 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: MOD (D17) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2013 (data is from Sept 2012)
Category: Military - see all reports for this category
Description: The Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) is the requirement for a multi-role aircraft to be operated jointly by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy from both land bases and the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The Lightning II F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been selected as the aircraft to meet the JCA requirement, and provides the UK with a fifth generation air system. Lightning II will provide the UK with an expeditionary multi-role fighter with the ability to enter and operate within contested airspace. Using secure links it will operate as a Combat Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance platform providing intelligence to troops on the ground, and when required will be able to employ a range of sophisticated weaponry, even through adverse weather.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The Joint Strike Fighter programme is a complex programme over 9 nations, including the US. The programme team recognises the scale of work required during the next phase and remains on track to deliver on time and within its approved envelope. The team continues to monitor fiscal developments in its partner states and mitigate any impact to UK delivery. The present Amber/Green score is an accurate reflection of the current status of this complex programme, which is still within the Development Test phase.
Start date: 2001-10-01
End date: 2050-03-31
Schedule text: Lightning II's In-Service Date (ISD) will be determined at the project's next main investment decision point which is Main Gate 4, scheduled for October 2013
Baseline: £192.50m
Forecast: £163.30m
Variance: -15.17%
Variance text: Major drivers of variance relate to UK contribution to common JSF development activities which were brought forward from FY12/13 into 11/12 at end of 11/12 (£18M). Remaining variance relates to reduction in UK specific development activity required at this time (CE marking of support equipment and F-35B specific UK Weapons integration).
Whole Life Cost: £15,979.16m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life costs represent through life costs for supporting UK F-35 aircraft contributing to the Carrier Strike requirement.
Notes1: Joint Combat Aircraft
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Sourcefile: MOD_2013.csv

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