210m upgrade for Norfolk warplanes

January 13th, 2008  

Topic: 210m upgrade for Norfolk warplanes

210m upgrade for Norfolk warplanes
12 January 2008 06:00

A 210m deal will be unveiled next week to upgrade a fleet of Norfolk-based warplanes ready for new missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aerospace firm BAE Systems will be given the task of equipping 104 Tornado jets from RAF Marham with better communications and precision bombing equipment so they can work more closely with British combat troops on the frontline.

The move was welcomed last night as sign that the future of the west Norfolk airbase - and the jobs that depend on it - were secure despite Ministry of Defence (MoD) cuts elsewhere.

More than 3,000 service and civilian personnel are employed at Marham, making the base one of the region's major employers.

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