LONDON — The U.K. government’s decision to revert back to the short takeoff and vertical landing (Stovl) variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter cost £74 million ($114 million), according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO). In its May 10 report, “Carrier Strike: The 2012 Reversion Decision,” the NAO looked at the issues surrounding the government’s decision to go with the conventional carrier landing version of the F-35, the F-35C, before going back to the Stovl aircraft in ...

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