Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Repairs and Maintenance

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th July 2021.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which facility will carry out depth maintenance of the UK's F-35 fleet.

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

'Depth' maintenance for the F-35 Lightning is split between 'medium' and 'heavy' level depot maintenance. All 'medium' depot maintenance for the UK fleet 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.

For all modifications and upgrades deemed to be 'heavy', the aircraft must be returned to one of the F-35 Program Depots either in the USA or the European F-35 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade facility in Italy.

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