'Britain will be forced to stump up part of an estimated £12billion ($16bn) bill to upgrade its latest F-35 warplanes with new software just to make them combat ready.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed orders for 48 the fearsome F-35 Lightning IIs at an estimated cost of around £90million ($123m) each.
Although 14 of this initial order have been built by American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, the planes are still sat in the United States and are lacking new software required to allow them to communicate with older aircraft.
The cutting-edge fighters have been specially designed to operate from the UK’s flagship aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
The jets are capable of reaching speeds of more than 1.5 times the speed of sound and boast a whole host of sophisticated features, including the latest in stealth technology which makes them difficult to detect by enemy radar.
But the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme has been plagued with delays, glitches and massive overspends, and Britain has already spent £5.8bn and still no jets to show for it.
A total of £9.1bn has been earmarked to purchase all 48 jets.'
Read more: UK forced to pay BILLIONS for US ineptitude as new F-35 jets still can’t fly
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