UK undecided on F-35 DAS upgrade

The United Kingdom has yet to decide if it will upgrade its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JAF) combat aircraft with the new Distributed Aperture System (DAS) announced earlier in the month.
The first four of the 48 F-35Bs that the UK has so far committed to arrived in-country earlier in June. The government has yet to decide if it will retrofit its already delivered aircraft with a new DAS system in 2023.Photo by: Crown Copyright
Answering questions in the House of Commons, Guto Bebb, Minister for Defence Procurement, said that a decision on whether or not to swap the current Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-37 DAS with a new system to be developed by Raytheon will be made “once [the government] understand[s] the time and cost implications”.
“As with all upgrades, this will be undertaken as part of the future capability development programme,” he said on 19 June.