RAF Lossiemouth's Quick Reaction Alert Set For Temporary Move

The relocation is to allow for continued resurfacing works on RAF Lossiemouth’s runways ahead of the arrival of the P-8A Poseidon.

Royal Air Force Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) fighter jets that help defend the UK’s northern skies are to be temporarily moved.

The Typhoon aircraft will move to Leuchars Station, formerly RAF Leuchars, in Fife on 10 August as RAF Lossiemouth's runways are resurfaced as part of a £75 million upgrade.

Essential Typhoon training will also be temporarily moved to Kinloss Barracks in Moray.

The work at RAF Lossiemouth is being carried out to accommodate the Royal Air Force's new fleet of P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft.

The submarine hunters are due to begin operating from the Moray base later this year.

The next phase of work will see the intersection between the two runways being stripped, strengthened and resurfaced.

Work on the base's runways began late last year.

A view from below of one of the RAF's new P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol submarine hunting aircraft (Picture: MOD).

The RAF said contractor VolkerFitzpatrick will carry out the next phase of the development "24/7" from 17 August to enable for the "swift return" of QRA.

Last week, a new £100 million "state-of-the-art" facility for the P-8As at RAF Lossiemouth was handed over to the Ministry of Defence.

Two of the aircraft - which are currently flying from Kinloss Barracks - have already begun operations over the UK's coastline.

By the end of 2021, the RAF is expected to have nine P-8As which will cost £3 billion in total. 

More than 3,000 military and civilian personnel work at RAF Lossiemouth which is one of the RAF's two QRA bases. 

Cover image: Library picture of an RAF Typhoon taking off from RAF Lossiemouth (Picture: RAF).