The Government is backing RAF Marham to become an international hub for the new Lightning II F-35 jet.
Defence Minister Philip Hammond confirmed last week that the new Eurofighter will be on the Tarmac at Marham in 2018.
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is delighted by last week’s announcement from the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond, confirming that the new Lightning II F-35 jets will be on the Tarmac at RAF Marham in 2018.
He went on to to say that he would be pressing for Marham to become the international engineering hub for F-35s from other nations too.
Currently the USA, Norway, Italy and the Netherlands, have orders for the joint strike fighter.
South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss welcomed the news. She said ‘This is fantastic news for the base. We already have world class expertise working at Marham and the future opportunities for more high quality engineering jobs will be a tremendous boost for the local economy.
“Residents, businesses and politicians all campaigned hard to ensure RAF Marham is secure for many years to come.
“And with the retirement of the Tornado fleet in the next few years, the arrival of the Lightning II will create a new chapter for this very distinguished base with even greater potential for jobs, housing and education.”