Nine aircraft on order
Spy plane deal lands Moray with £100m investment
RAF Lossiemouth in Moray is to benefit from a £100 million investment from Boeing following the UK government’s decision to buy nine spy planes from US aircraft builder.
The deal for the submarine-hunting P-8A Poseidon aircraft also covers training, maintenance and support.
The company will also deliver 50 Apache AH-64E attack helicopters to the British Army.
The P-8A Poseidon planes, announced as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review last November, will replace the UK’s fleet of Nimrod surveillance aircraft which were based at RAF Kinloss until they were scrapped in 2010.
Boeing showed its commitment to post-Brexit Britain by saying it expects to create about 2,000 jobs in the UK over the next decade.
These will be in maintenance and support operations for both military and commercial customers in Europe.
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the deal with the Ministry of Defence at the opening of the Farnborough Airshow.
He said: “Whatever uncertainties our country faces, I want the message to go out loud and clear: the UK will continue to lead the world in both civil and defence aerospace.”
Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg, said: “Boeing is committed to the UK government’s prosperity agenda and we share the goals of enhanced economic growth that the prime minister has set out to us.”
Boeing has doubled its UK workforce and annual spending with the UK supply chain over the last five years.