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BAE Systems wins £118m contract for F-35 Lightning facilities at RAF Marham

Published 07/04/2016

The engineering work is being carried out at RAF Marham in Norfolk
The engineering work is being carried out at RAF Marham in Norfolk

Defence giant BAE Systems has been awarded a £118 million contract to build engineering and training facilities at an RAF base.

The work, at RAF Marham in Norfolk, is in readiness for the arrival of the UK's first F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft in 2018.

Work on building three maintenance and training facilities will start this month and be completed by 2018.

The announcement coincides with a production milestone for the UK aircraft - completion of the 10th aft fuselage at the BAE Systems site in Salmlesbury, Lancashire, which will be delivered to the F-35 final assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: " This is an important milestone in the delivery of the UK's new cutting-edge combat aircraft. It underlines the vital contribution British industry is making to the global F-35 programme.

"The planes are part of our plan for stronger and better defence, backed by a budget that is rising this year for the first time in six years, and will keep rising until the end of the decade."

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