Together with the UK Government, Boeing is building a new strategic facility at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. Once completed, the facility will be the home of the UK’s P-8A Poseidon fleet.
UK P8-A timeline:
July 2016: Long-term partnering initiative announced between UK Government and Boeing
November 2018: Topping out ceremony to mark final beam on the main building
April 2019: Fuselage for the first UK P-8A arrives to Boeing’s factory in Renton, Washington
Early 2020: First P-8A arrives in UK
What’s being built?
The facility, with a steel structure 19 metres high, 165 metres long and 100 metres wide, will hold three aircraft, as well as maintenance space, planning rooms and office space. There will also be pilot simulators for training. Around 650 jobs will be created once completed, with many of those working on the project local to the Moray area.
All nine P-8A Poseidon aircraft will operate from the base, where around 480 service personnel will operate and maintain the aircraft in two squadrons.
About P-8A Poseidon
The P-8A Poseidon will support maritime surveillance, anti-submarine warfare and anti-ship warfare for the UK. It will increase protection of the UK’s nuclear deterrent and Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.