RAF Marham transformation underway
Works to prepare RAF Marham for the arrival of the F-35B next year are underway under Project Anvil, the Royal Air Force announced on 27 November.
Over £500m is being invested in new infrastructure including management, maintenance, training and operational facilities and the refurbishment of the airfield operating surfaces.
A new Maintenance and Finishing (M&F) facility will provide the engineering support to the fleet along with a bespoke finishing paint facility. The new National Operating Centre (NOC) - the first building set to be handed over in early 2018 - will be the headquarters for the Lightning force and the Lightning delivery team for airworthiness and logistic support.
An Integrated Training Centre (ITC) is also under construction, which will provide UK Lightning maintainer training and house the Lightning Full Mission Simulators.
Construction work on the new 617 Squadron site includes new squadron buildings and refurbishment of the existing hardened aircraft shelters where the aircraft will be housed.
Also being worked on are the building of the Operational Conversion Unit, where 207 Squadron will reside; refurbishment of 90% of the station’s aircraft operating surfaces and the provision of new vertical landing pads with associated new taxiways.
Project Anvil contracts are being managed by both Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). DE&S projects are being delivered by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems and supported by Balfour Beatty for the delivery of the M&F, NOC and ITC. The remaining enabling works, 617 Squadron, 207 Squadron Operational Conversion Unit and aircraft operating surface contracts are being delivered through DIO under a number of different contracts.
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