The UK should funnel more money into the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program if it wants maintain its military prowess in future, the US envoy to Britain has said, pledging that London will make “a lot of” money from the investment down the road.
Speaking to reporters in London on Monday, Woody Johnson said US President Donald Trump wanted to see the UK increase its military spending and the F-35 project was a good point to begin from.
“The UK is going to make a lot of money. There are going to be a lot of jobs,” said Johnson. “To me, as an American, I would be looking at where do we want to be in the future, 10, 15, 20 years from now.”
“How important is it to defend yourself? My mission is security and prosperity, and you really can’t have prosperity unless you have security.”
The UK has earmarked £9 billion to manufacture the first 48 F-35s as part of a package that could go on to include 138 of the Lockheed Martin…