November 15, 2018 / 10:35 AM / 6 months ago

Britain to buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will buy 17 more F-35 fighter jets, defence minister Gavin Williamson said in a statement on Thursday.

The deal will mean Britain owns 35 of the stealth fighter jets by the end of 2022.

Britain has said that over the life of the programme, it will buy 138 aircraft, which are made by U.S. company Lockheed Martin, and on which UK company BAE Systems is also a contractor.

(This story fixes name of BAE Systems)

Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Adrian Croft

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