Currently, the British government no longer appreciate the ability of the F-35C is enhanced when compared to the F-35B version.
In a statement was expected, I recently decided to change their choice and will now focus their efforts to get advanced F-35 B of America (type fighter with STOVL mechanism - momentum can take off with the short and vertical landing) to replace the F-35C Navy's normal country (fighter combat synergistic JSF).
British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said the British government decided to stop the plan to buy F-35C version navy citing rising costs "unexpected", and delay the upgrade Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy - which is to carry the F-35C aircraft.
The cost to renovate a carrier of this type would at least double the initial estimate only $ 1.6 billion. British Defense Secretary said that these costs could be a major impact on the defense capacity of the UK.
Britain's Labour Party (now no longer the ruling party) initial F-35B STOVL option for the planned deployment of carrier tonnage of 65,000 tons of new generation Royal Navy - at that time are being manufacturing processes. At that time, this plan has been brushed aside by the coalition government of Conservatives, to make room for F-35C fighter jets, citing lower costs of the F-35C and a range of further , advanced capabilities of the F-35C version enhancements.
Currently, the British government no longer appreciate the ability of the F-35C is enhanced when compared to the F-35B version.A source from the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the return to F-35B STOVL will not have any influence to the campaign of the Royal Navy.
According to British defense minister, the country will remain committed and cooperative with the U.S. Navy and France. But Mr. Hammond noted that the focus of the British Navy would be "much reduced ability to take off their aircraft carriers from the U.S. or France and back again, but will increase on the satisfaction sure that the combat effectiveness of the British aircraft carrier can be combined with the allied forces in the campaign or synergistic alliance. "
With the decision to return to F-35B, the British government seems to want to do more positive about the prospects for implementing the mission and activities of the carriers, allowing Navy to maintain continued presence in waters by a carrier.
On the other hand, broadly, the Ministry of Defence admitted not have a financial amounts are included in the budget to ensure the requirements for deploying an aircraft carrier Monday and will not have any decision taken until a forthcoming report on Strategy for Defense and Security 2015 (SDSR) was published.
Number of F-35B that I'll buy will not be decided until 2015 SDSR is completed.