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U-turn over fighter plane choice

9 May 2012 Last updated at 22:09 BST

The government has changed its mind over the type of fighter planes it is ordering for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier, the BBC has learned.

David Cameron has now signed off a decision to use the jump-jet variant of the US-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter- as originally planned by the Labour government.

It's widely seen as the 'lesser' aircraft to the variant the coalition had wanted to switch to, but costs are believed to have spiralled.

Jonathan Beale reports.