RAF Marham could become an international hub for next generation fighter jet engineering
Philip Hammond said the new Lightening II F-35 jets would be on the tarmac at RAF Marham in 2018, dismissing fears of delays to the programme amid reports of software, reliability and radar problems.
Norway, Holland and Italy are also set to get the joint strike fighters and the pooling of maintenance between the European nations is being seen by defence bosses as a way of keeping down the costs of the high-tech jets.
With the UK set to have the biggest fleet of the F-35s in Europe, the Ministry of Defence would want to have the maintenance hub here.Read the full story from the Wisbech Standard.
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