THE future of RAF Lossiemouth will be secured for at least the next 30 years with the arrival of the Typhoon aircraft.
The fighter aircraft will begin a phased take over from the Tornado later this year.
An investment of £10 million has already been made into the base ahead of the Typhoon's move from RAF Leuchars.
Group Captain Ian Gale, Station Commander of the Moray base, said: "This will see Lossie operating for the next 25 to 30 years at least which is the time the Typhoon is planned to be in service."
The first of three Typhoon squadrons will relocate to RAF Lossie in June 2014.
Following a campaign to save the Moray base from closure in 2011, Gp Cpt Gale said everybody at RAF Lossie and the wider community would welcome its bright future.
The base currently has 2,500 personnel and the station commander does not see that figure changing in the foreseeable future.
Gp Capt Gale said: "This is brilliant news and as we look at a Tornado next to a Typhoon; this is today and tomorrow, and that tomorrow is long-term, its secure, its employment, its stability and it is everything the people of Moray deserve."
Lossie will also become home to a Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon capability in the summer of 2014 which will be the UK's main response to any aerial threat at home.
Moray MP Angus Robertson welcomed the news: "The personnel and management at RAF Lossiemouth deserve the highest praise in dealing with the transition from Tornado to Typhoon aircraft.
"Group Captain Ian Gale and his colleagues have worked hard to manage the change and minimise disruption to the workforce and wider community, which campaigned hard to retain the base."
For a full report and pictures from RAF Lossiemouth see 'The Northern Scot' print version on Thursday night.