The U.K. Ministry of Defense has announced that effective immediately, the U.K. will be home to an F-35 Repair Hub in support of the F-35 Maintenance Program which will support thousands of jobs in North Wales. The F-35 Program Office has designated the U.K. as a global repair hub in order to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for the F-35 avionic and aircraft components. Hundreds of European-based F-35 aircrafts are expected to be serviced and maintained in the North Wales location over the lifetime of the program.
This program is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue for the UK defense industry with the potential to provide up to 2 billion dollars’ worth of support revenue of future F-35s. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon believes that this move firmly establishes Britain as the hub for all European F35s and will create hundreds of high-end jobs immediately along with safeguarding thousands more.
The North Wales site already supports around 400 jobs with thousands more through the wider supply chain and this program will make Wales an essential component repair hub in support of all the F-35 aircrafts further cementing its status as a leader in aviation technology.
Based on a partnership enterprise between Defense Electronics & Components Agency (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, the majority of the work will be centered at the UK Government-owned, Defense Electronics & Components Agency (DECA) which is based at MOD Sealand, in North East Wales. The program is expected to become fully operational by early 2018.