Unless they are taking a bung ?
Lockheed have a history when it comes to bribery think F104 – G Starfighter.
21 Dec 2008 – A. Carl Kotchian, the former president of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. whose admission of paying millions of dollars in bribes to foreign government officials led to the imprisonment of Japan’s prime minister and political upheaval in several countries in the 1970s, has died. – LA Times
The British government is set to unveil plans to buy 138 of the stealth fighter jets for £12bln [$18 bln].
The UK government is planning to spend £12bln [$18 bln] on 138 F-35 fighter jets, as part of a new defense strategy it will announce on Monday.
Chancellor George Osborne told the BBC that as a result of the government’s new Strategic Defense and Security Review, by 2023 the UK will have 24 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, and two new aircraft carriers.
In the summer, the chancellor pledged to increase defense spending above inflation to meet the NATO target of 2 percent of GDP each year on defense, up to 2020.
“By 2023, we will be able to have these jets — some of the most powerful in the world — the F35, on the decks of these carriers and Britain, second only to the United States, will be able to project power abroad in order to defend ourselves at home,” said Osborne. (Ade Is this Comedy )
The British press reported on Sunday that over a longer period of time, the UK’s Royal Air Force will order 138 of the F-35 fighter jets.
The UK is also expected to purchase new reconnaissance planes, reversing an earlier decision in 2010 to scrap the latest generation of Nimrod maritime surveillance aircraft. ( Ade From The USA )
Note that if it were not for the bellicose attitude of NATO the Russians would not be routing their bombers around the UK on the way to Syria.
Russia’s long-range Tu-22M3 bombers carried out 60 sorties and destroyed 42 terrorist targets in Syria, the Air Force group commander told Vladimir Putin during a briefing.
Taking off from the Mozdok airbase in North Ossetia, the bombers carried out strikes on terrorist positions in the Deir ez-Zor province in Syria.
“The targets are over 2,000 km away from the base, and each mission sortie takes at least 5 hours”, said base commander Vladimir Alesenko.
He added that the crews make two sorties every 24 hours, with one mission flight taking place at night.
In addition, two Tu-160 strategic missile carriers took off from the Olenya air force base in the Kola peninsula and after covering over 9 500 km and refueling mid-air, deployed missiles targeting terrrorist positions in Syria over the Mediterranean Sea.