LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it had been chosen as a global repair hub providing maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for F-35 fighter avionic and aircraft components.
The decision will generate hundreds of millions of pounds of revenue for the British defence industry, with the potential to unlock more than 2 billion pounds of future F-35 support revenue over the lifetime of the programme.
“This establishes Britain as a hub for all European F35s and is hugely positive news for our high-tech and innovative defence industry,” Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.
“Building on the strong foundations of Britain’s pre-eminent and enduring defence partnership with the US, this decision supports British jobs and helps keep Britain safer and more secure.”
The UK offering will be based on a partnership enterprise between Defence Electronics & Components Agency (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, supported by key F-35 Original Equipment Manufacturers. The work will be centred in Wales. (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)