Contractor picked for Joint Strike Fighter training facility

JACKSONVILLE, FLA (WTOC) - The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast awarded a $70.3 million contract on Monday to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando, Fla., to build the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Training Facility and Training Hangar at Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort.

The company will be building the a new training and simulator facility and a new aircraft hangar. The new training facility and simulator will include flight simulator spaces, training classrooms, briefing and debriefing rooms, network equipment rooms, administrative offices and mechanical and electrical rooms, according to the NAVFAC.

"MCAS Beaufort's existing hangars are reaching the end of useful life at 50 years old and must be replaced to meet the changing mission of the Air Station," said Col. Brian Murtha in a statement. "This construction project moves MCAS Beaufort one step closer to receiving the Joint Strike Fighter and ensuring that we continue to meet the training and operational requirements as America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness."

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