UK Defence Secretary confirms £1.7bn to upgrade Scottish military bases
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed that the government will invest £1.7bn in order to modernise Scottish military bases.
According to Fallon, Scotland will incorporate a wide range of major defence capabilities by 2020, thereby enhancing the UK's national security.
Fallon said: “Scotland is on the frontline of defending the UK from growing threats at sea, in the air, and on land.
“Our commitment to the future of defence in Scotland is underlined by increasing investment in better infrastructure for the armed forces helping to keep us safe.”
The investment is expected to benefit 14,000 military and reserve personnel, as well as 3,930 civilians from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The government will also invest £1.3bn in order to upgrade Scotland’s HM Naval Base Clyde’s waterfront, accommodation, engineering support and physical security before the Dreadnought-class of deterrent submarines begin arriving in Scotland from the early 2030s.
Another £400m will be invested to revamp the runways and taxiways at Lossiemouth, one of the Royal Air Force's (RAF) three fast jet bases, as well as to provide accommodation for the nine new Poseidon P-8 maritime patrol aircraft and an additional Typhoon squadron.
Located in Fife, Scotland, the British Army installation Leuchars Station will also be upgraded to serve as the primary hub for army activity in Scotland.
The £178bn defence equipment programme creates 11,000 new Scottish industry jobs and accounts for more than 10% of the industrial base of the country.