BAE Systems Military Air & Information has been awarded a £118 million contract tobuild engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk, in readiness for thearrival of the United Kingdom’s first F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft in 2018.

The contract award coincides with the early completion of the tenth aft fuselage for theBritish aircraft at BAE Systems’ manufacturing site in Samlesbury, Lancashire.

The contract for the new facilities has been awarded by Lockheed Martin – the primecontractor of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme.

With work beginning at RAF Marham this month, BAE Systems will construct threefacilities to support the operation of the aircraft fleet; a maintenance and finish facility, alogistics operations centre and an integrated training centre. The work is scheduled tobe completed in 2018.

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