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New F-35 Lightning jet at RAF Marham has ‘robust’ protection

PUBLISHED: 10:51 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 11 June 2018

F-35 Lightnings have taken off and are on their way to Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

F-35 Lightnings have taken off and are on their way to Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

The RAF today allayed fears over security surrounding its new £100m stealth bomber.

The West Norfolk base is now home to the F-35 Lightning, the air force’s replacement for the long-serving Tornado.

A report on The Sun newspaper’s website claimed part of the runway is protected by “a rickety 5ft fence”.

It said a planespotter who tipped it off said: “It’s a security nightmare. I saw no guards. Anyone could get on the runway.”

But an RAF spokesman said “As a matter of policy neither the RAF nor the MoD discuss security measures at our units.

“However, we can confirm the measures in place are robust and multi-layered and are not solely dependent on perimeter fencing.” The first 1,200 mph F-35s touched down at Marham on Wednesday night, after flying across from America.

Their arrival secures the future of Marham and the thousands of jobs it supports for the next 30 years.

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