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North Wales aviation repair hub wins £500m US contract

The F-35 is the USA's latest multi-role fighter. Credit: YORICK JANSENS/Belga/PA Images

MOD Sealand in Flintshire has won a £500m contract from the USA to repair and service F-35 fighters. It is the second major deal for the repair hub.

It will see maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for wide range of F-35 avionic, electronic and electrical systems for hundreds of F-35 aircraft based globally.

The aircraft is designed to perform ground-attack and air-superiority missions Credit: YORICK JANSENS/Belga/PA Images

With this announcement, MoD Sealand is once again proving its credentials as a vital component repair hub for the F-35 aircraft.

The UK’s defence outlook is bolstered by the skills of thousands of people employed across the industry in Wales, including those supporting essential equipment to the Armed Forces.

I’m delighted that the skills of our labour force have been recognised with this reinforced investment in the north-east Wales economy, which will continue to provide a prosperous source of employment and growth to this region through the wider supply chain over the coming years.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary