Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th February 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) current and (b) forecasted arrangements are for the (i) forward and (ii) depth maintenance facilities for the F-35 aircraft.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

F-35 Lightning 'forward' maintenance is undertaken at Squadron facilities at RAF Marham and on board the Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers when aircraft are embarked.

F-35 'depth' maintenance is split between 'medium' and 'heavy' level depot maintenance. All 'medium' depot maintenance is undertaken within the purpose-built F-35 Maintenance and Finish Facility at RAF Marham, while 'heavy' level maintenance is undertaken within the F-35 Program Depot Facilities.

We remain engaged with the F-35 Joint Program Office regarding future heavy level maintenance capacity, to ensure availability as required for the UK F-35 fleet.

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