Government in £100m U-turn over F35-B fighter planes

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

They have now decided to use the jump-jet variant of the US-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as originally planned by the Labour government.

Seen as the less capable aircraft, the F35-B has a shorter range and lighter payload, but spiralling costs have allegedly forced the change.

Jonathan Beale reports.

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