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Defence in the Media: Wednesday 13th February 2019

Today's defence-related news includes coverage of the UK winning a £500m assignment to repair F-35 jets.

UK wins £500m F-35 assignment

There is various online coverage, including BBC Wales, UK Defence Journal, Wales Online and Daily Post.

Reporting focuses on the award of the contract, writing that MOD Sealand will maintain, repair, overhaul and upgrade hundreds of F-35 fighter jet systems. Coverage adds that the assignment is expected to begin in 2020 and support hundreds of high-tech jobs.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

This announcement keeps Britain right at the centre of the global F-35 partnership, the largest defence programme in history. It is a vote of confidence in our highly-skilled workforce and high-tech industry that provides us and our allies with the very best of what British engineering has to offer.

Our vision of Global Britain brings with it new and exciting opportunities to provide top quality goods made in Britain to the rest of the world.

This deal builds on the strong foundations of the UK’s enduring defence partnership with the US. It is a significant boost for British jobs and those highly-skilled workers who enable these world-class fighter jets to continue keeping us safe and secure.

Image of the day

F-35B aircraft at RAF Marham.
F-35B aircraft at RAF Marham. Crown copyright.

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