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New facility for RAF’s P-8 Poseidon fleet

24th April 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Work has begun at RAF Lossiemouth on a new £132 million facility which will be home to the UK’s new Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) fleet, the RAF announced on 19 April.

The construction is being carried out by Elgin-based Robertson Northern, which is expected to complete the project by 2020. The facility will comprise a tactical operations centre, an operational conversion unit, squadron accommodation, training and simulation facilities and a three-bay aircraft hangar.

The P-8A Poseidon’s key role will be to protect the UK’s submarine-deployed nuclear deterrent and its two new aircraft carriers. In addition to boosting the UK’s surveillance capabilities, the aircraft are designed to conduct anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, search and rescue and to conduct intelligence gathering.

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