Belfast Telegraph

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

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."