Explosives application for RAF Marham

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A military contractor has applied for a licence to manufacture explosives at RAF Marham.

BAE Systems has applied to Norfolk Fire and Rescue for permission to carry out the work.

A spokesperson said: “BAE Systems is contracted to carry out maintenance of aircraft canopies, which contain a small amount of explosive chord.

“This activates to shatter the canopy if pilots are ejecting. We are therefore required to apply for a licence to carry out this maintenance activity.

“While the process is classed as explosive manufacturing, in fact the only activity BAE Systems undertakes is repair and maintenance on the canopies.”