Good news for RAF Marham
Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond has today (9 May) suggested that RAF Marham is well-placed to become an international engineering hub for the next generation fighter jet, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The US, Norway, Holland and Italy are also set to operate the F-35, and Philip Hammond has revealed that talks are taking place with the other European nations with a view to pooling the maintenance and engineering facilities at the Norfolk airbase.
Local MEP and Conservative European Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, commented:
“This is great news. Establishing a high-tech international engineering hub at RAF Marham would be the right choice as it would build on the fantastic expertise already in place there. The base already plays a key role in maintaining, repairing and upgrading the RAF’s Tornado fleet. If we can also expand this to include other allies, so much the better.
“This would give a real boost to Norfolk, secure the future of RAF Marham, and help to inspire a new generation of engineers in East Anglia”.
Philip Hammond also stated that the jets are on track to be delivered to RAF Marham in 2018, despite fears of delays to the programme.
British pilots will undertake the first two public flights in the first British F-35 at the Fairford and Farnborough airshows this summer.