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F-35 sustainment continues at RAF Marham
BAE Systems announced on 14 January that it will act as on-site industry lead on a support operations contract between the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin in the UK.
The two-year contract at RAF Marham is worth about $101 million, with work at RAF Marham including maintenance, mission planning and training services for the RAF and RN Fleet Air Arm F-35B fleet.
This extends an existing sustainment service at RAF Marham (home to 21 F-35Bs) and will provide aircraft upgrades, maintenance, synthetic and maintainer training on-base, ‘along with the ability to customise specialist pilot equipment at one of the first Pilot Fit Facilities outside of the United States’, BAE Systems noted.
Training and maintenance support at RAF Marham is crucial in ensuring the F-35Bs are ready for their first operational deployment aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth this year as part of the UK Carrier Strike Group.
UK-operated F-35Bs are maintained in a ‘whole force’ approach by Lightning Team UK, which includes Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.
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