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Aircraft order 'may be scrapped'

A £31 billion project to replace Royal Navy aircraft carriers and strike aircraft may be falling 'seriously behind schedule', a Commons committee warned today.
The Defence Select Committee said that could leave the Royal Navy still using outdated equipment at 'substantial extra cost'.

The MPs say the UK may even have to consider scrapping its order with American suppliers for new carrier-based strike aircraft if agreement cannot be reached allowing the Navy to operate and service the jets independently.