CRITICS of the UK’s new cutting edge stealth fighter would be “quietened very quickly” if they knew what it was capable of, a top test pilot has warned.
The Air Force pilot responded to critics of the multimillion pound price tag by backing the performance of the fighter and claiming the UK public should be “proud”.
Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell said: “It would be utterly nonsensical to not purchase and design and develop the F-35 and have it as our core staple ingredient forming our airpower.”
The F-35 Lightning II will operate from the UK’s future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, operating at top speeds of 1,200 mph.
The UK has spent over £9billion on the F-35 programme with 48 planes purchased and 12 undergoing testing in the US.
Critics have hit out at the cost of the fighters, which are the most advanced in the world.
They claim the new fighter jet would be “too big to kill”.
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