New engineering jobs to support RAF Lossiemouth's Typhoon squadrons
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TWENTY jobs have been created to support RAF Lossiemouth's Typhoon squadrons.
The new highly-skilled engineering roles support the servicing and availability of the combat aircraft in north-east Scotland, as BAE Systems' maintenance role at the base is strengthened.
There are four RAF Typhoon squadrons operating out of RAF Lossiemouth, which is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert stations which protect UK airspace round the clock.
The new arrangement means a dedicated and local engineering team are on hand to support critical operations based permanently at RAF Lossiemouth, removing the need for a maintenance team to travel from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire.
It will also free up RAF personnel to perform other critical tasks and enhance the maintenance capability on the front line.
John Bromehead, BAE Systems general manager at RAF Lossiemouth, said: "We are very proud of our role not only as manufacturer of the Typhoon aircraft but in the technical and engineering expertise we deliver to ensure the aircraft’s operational readiness.
"The Typhoon aircraft help to safeguard the UK’s national security and economic interests and the new roles created in Scotland will ensure we provide enhanced support to those who defend our skies."
The new arrangement is part of an existing 10-year contract called the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise, providing training, maintenance and ensuring availability of the RAF Typhoon fleet, with activities at RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Coningsby and RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands.
The contract is designed to deliver value for money to the RAF.