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Typhoon and the Joint Strike Fighter(JSF) or F35 off complimentary capabilites, the former being a replacement for the Tornado F3 and teh Jaguar aircraft whereas the latter will assume the role of the Harrier GR9 and subsequently Tornado GR4 capabilities.Whilst both aircraft will offer multi-role capabilities, each is optimised to contribute to the UK`s air power capability encompassing air superiority and surface strike.
Negotiations with Industry and other nations regarding Tranche 3 are ar an early stage and will continue into 2008. As part of these negotiations it is important that we focus on quality rather than quantity of the platforms and to address capacity for future capability insertion when defining our requirements.