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Upgrades to RAF Lossiemouth continue with runway resurfacing

Friday August 30th, 2019

The signing of a new contract marks the start of improvements to RAF Lossiemouth’s runway and other airfield operating surfaces.RAF C17 Transport Aircraft

The runways at RAF Lossiemouth will be resurfaced following the award of a £75 million contract to VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). This work will prepare the Moray base for the arrival of 9 P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, the first of which is expected to arrive in the UK in 2020.

Home to 4 fast-jet squadrons flying the Typhoon, it has been some time since RAF Lossiemouth has regularly operated a larger aircraft such as the P-8A Poseidon. Resurfacing works are one of many improvements being made, future-proofing the Moray base for years to come. Other improvements include:

accommodation for personnel
a new Air Traffic Control Tower
upgrades to drainage and electrical supplies
upgraded facilities for IX (Bomber) Squadron, which moved to RAF Lossiemouth this year

It is anticipated that the resurfacing work will be completed by spring 2021. While these improvements are underway, aircraft and crews will continue to operate from RAF Lossiemouth. There will be a short period of relocation while the runway intersection is completed.

Russ Liddington, DIO’s Project Manager for the resurfacing works, said:

“It’s exciting to be part of the start of a new era for RAF Lossiemouth.

 

The improvements to the runways will make them suitable for use by the new Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and continue to enable Typhoon operations which are essential to the UK’s Defence capabilities.

 

It represents a significant investment in Scotland and secures the future of RAF Lossiemouth status as a main Operating Base.”

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