Scotland

RAF Lossiemouth: £20m Investment For Typhoon Facilities

The work will involve the refurbishment of a hangar and construction of new technical and storage facilities.

Typhoon fighter jet facilities at RAF Lossiemouth are to be given an upgrade with £20 million of investment.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded the contract to Galliford Try for the work, which marks the next stage of redevelopment at the base in Scotland.

The work will involve the refurbishment of a hangar and construction of new technical and storage facilities.

Number IX (Bomber) Squadron will be housed in improved facilities, to enable them to deliver in their role as a Typhoon aggressor squadron.

The work will start later this summer and is expected to take around two years to complete.

A wider redevelopment of RAF Lossiemouth includes a refurbished runway, facilities for the Royal Air Force’s fleet of new Poseidon aircraft and improved accommodation.

Revamp work at RAF Lossiemouth
Refurbishment work at RAF Lossiemouth taking place earlier this year.

Group Captain Chris Layden, Station Commander RAF Lossiemouth, said: "This is great news for the Station, for Moray, and for the RAF. Defence’s sustained investment in RAF Lossiemouth continues to transform us into a next-generation fighter and maritime patrol base, ready to secure the UK’s skies and seas for many years to come."

Margaret Jesson, DIO’s Project Manager, said: "It’s exciting to have reached this stage of the project and we are looking forward to continuing to work with our colleagues at RAF Lossiemouth and Galliford Try to provide some fantastic facilities for these Typhoon pilots and ground crew."

Keith Yarham, Defence Director at Galliford Try, said: "We are delighted to be working once again with DIO to deliver much needed infrastructure for the RAF.

"Together with our previous experience at RAF Marham and RAF Valley we are building a strong track record in the air station sector, and look forward to providing the personnel at Lossiemouth with the high-quality facilities they depend on."

Four squadrons of Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon jets are based at RAF Lossiemouth.

They cover the skies over the north of the United Kingdom, while their counterparts at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire cover the south of the country.

Typhoons from 6 Squadron RAF have been on NATO Baltic Air Policing duty, deployed to Šiauliai in Lithuania.

The jets also took part in Exercise Baltops 2020 – NATO’s largest annual maritime exercise in the Baltic region.

Cover image: Library picture of two Typhoon aircraft taxiing at RAF Lossiemouth.