A multi-million pound deal for maintenance and training facilities to be based at RAF Marham to support the station’s new fighter jet squadrons has been outlined.
Officials said the programme, which is part of a £90 million project, will protect hundreds of jobs, both at the base and across the UK.
The investment was announced during a joint news conference between defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon and his American counterpart, Jim Mattis, in London on Friday.
Sir Michael said: “Nothing demonstrates the strength of our relationship better than our joint work on the most advanced combat aircraft in the world – the F-35.
“The UK is proud to be the future repair hub for all the European jets.
“This additional investment at RAF Marham will ensure that we have a formidable fighting force that, at a time of growing danger, will help us work with our US partners to promote international peace and security.”
The contract has been placed with Lockheed Martin, in partnership with BAE Systems, and is intended to support services at the base.
The announcement was made as preparations continue towards the arrival of the planes, which are due to come into service next year.
Building work is already well under way at the base, which will be used to house the new F35 squadrons and the range of support facilities needed to support them.