An aerospace centre of excellence is set to be established next to RAF Lossiemouth as part of the Moray Growth Deal, the UK Government minister for Scotland has announced.
Following RAF Lossiemouth taking ownership of a £100 million facility to house nine new P-8A Poseidon submarine-hunting aircraft, the Moray Aerospace, Advanced Technology and Innovation Campus will work with the RAF and private partners to support the fleet.
Ian Stewart, UK Government minister for Scotland, said he was "delighted to confirm" the investment, with £21 million of Government money and a further £12.3 million coming from local partners.
"The UK Government is investing more than £1.5 billion in City Region and Growth Deals across every part of Scotland," he said.
"This programme is creating thousands of jobs and opportunities and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government to deliver these."
The programme will create hundreds of new student places for Moray residents with the skills for working in the aviation sector, with the potential to turn Moray into a "global centre for aviation engineering".
"There is a significant way to go to get our economy back on track after the coronavirus pandemic, but we know that the City and Region Growth Deals will be crucial to Scotland’s economic recovery," Mr Stewart said.
Additionally, the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon aircraft were moved from RAF Lossiemouth to Leuchars Station on 10 August as Lossiemouth undergoes £75 million of runway resurfacing work.
The base also received a £20m investment to upgrade its Typhoon fighter jet facilities, which involved the refurbishment of a hangar and construction of new technical and storage facilities.
Meanwhile, the £100 million "state-of-the-art" facility for the RAF's P-8 aircraft was handed over to the Ministry of Defence last month.
The hangar at RAF Lossiemouth has taken two years to build and can hold up to three of the Air Force's eventual nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft.