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RAF Marham awarded £135m contract for revamp

The F-35B

A £135m contract to improve facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk has been awarded by the Ministry of Defence.

The work will deliver a new aircraft hangar capable of housing 12 of the new F-35 jet aircraft and will improve existing facilities, including resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways.

Vertical Landing Pads will also be added to RAF Marham, accommodating the F-35B’s ability to land vertically, a capability previously covered by the Harrier jets.

The major investment in RAF Marham is the last of seven projects worth £250m undertaken to ready the Station for the arrival of the aircraft in 2018.

The contract has been awarded to a joint venture of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction Ltd, creating local jobs at RAF Marham and across East Anglia.

Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs.

The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.

– Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon