Northrop Grumman welcomes selection of UK for second major assignment to provide global F-35 avionics and aircraft component repair services

February 12, 2019 Photo(s): By Thinh D Nguyen/Lockheed Martin
F-35 1st UK arrival RAF Marham

Northrop Grumman Corporation welcomes the announcement by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) in the US that the UK's European repair hub for F-35 avionics and aircraft components, based in North Wales, has been awarded a second major assignment of work.

This builds on the global assignment awarded to the UK in November 2016 to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) services for F-35 Lightning II Air Vehicle Depot-Level Repairable Components.

Northrop Grumman is a full partner in the Sealand Support Services Ltd. (SSSL) joint venture with the UK government-owned, Defence Electronics and Components Agency and BAE Systems. SSSL will provide maintenance and repair of avionics and aircraft components for hundreds of European-based F-35 aircraft at MOD Sealand.

"The selection of the UK and SSSL to undertake this work recognises the military aircraft support skills and capabilities that we have here," said Nick Chaffey, chief executive, Northrop Grumman U.K. and Europe. "Northrop Grumman's commitment to the UK and the F-35 programme, deep expertise in air systems and proven experience working alongside global customers delivering support solutions, will ensure that engineering excellence and world-class innovation will be brought to F-35 component MRO&U services."

This new assignment of work, worth some 500 million, will support hundreds of additional F-35 jobs in the UK - many of them at the MOD's Defence and Electronics Components Agency (DECA) at MOD Sealand, where the majority of the work will be carried out. It will see crucial maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for an even wider range of F-35 avionic, electronic and electrical systems for hundreds of European-based F-35 aircraft.

Rear-Admiral Rick Thompson, SSSL managing director said, "From 2020, there will be hundreds of F-35s flying across the globe and SSSL will be central to sustaining operations in the European region and around the world, providing essential MRO&U services. Together with our partners from DECA, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, as Team UK, SSSL will be able to offer the F-35 programme engineering excellence, world-class innovation and agility. It is hoped that this will be the start of a 40-year endeavour that continues the UK's already long and proud involvement in the F-35 programme, which makes us very much part of this aircraft's DNA and the F-35 global enterprise."

"MRO&U components are one element of the Northrop Grumman F-35 global sustainment solutions. As the US, partner nations and global customers activate their fleets, Northrop Grumman and the industry team will continue to ensure F-35 Lightning II weapon systems are available for tasking and mission training," said Steve Hogan, sector vice president, global sustainment and technology services supply chain, Northrop Grumman.

This award builds upon the significant contribution made by Northrop Grumman in the development and production of the aircraft as a principal member of the F-35 industry team, together with its strong pedigree in platform support, upgrade and sustainment.