Future Lossie

The Programme

Over £350 million has been spent on making sure RAF Lossiemouth is ready for the next generation. We’ve invested in both our Typhoons and Poseidon Squadrons and preparations are well underway for the E7 – Wedgetails arrival.  

Projects Delivered:  

Atlantic Building: Completed in 2020, the Atlantic Building is home to our sub-hunting fleet. Inside this three-bay hanger, you’ll find both our Poseidon Squadrons, training and simulation facilities and our P8 tactical operations centre.  

Runway Resurfacing: 2020 also saw the opening of our newly surfaced runway. Allowing for larger aircraft on a regular basis, it means we can easily transport more people and equipment straight from LOS.  

Projects Underway:  

  1. IX (B) Hangar:  One of our four-Typhoon Squadron’s, IX (B) have been in the market for a new hanger for a while and by Autumn 2022, they will have one. This refurbished area, with accommodation, will allow IX (B) to reach full operational capability.  
  2. Draining + Utilities Upgrades: We are doubling the stations electricity capacity, introducing EV (Electric Vehicle) charging, and upgrading our CPU (Central Processing Unit) infrastructure. You name it, we are upgrading it.  
  3. Single Living Accommodation: Our new state of the art Single Living Accommodation is now well on the way. This campus-style environment will include 318 ensuite bedrooms + modern facilities.  

The Vision:  

  1. Next Generation Main Operation Base 

What does this mean? 

Well, by 2025 RAF Lossiemouth hopes to boast a modern airfield with state-of-the-art infrastructure.  

Why is it important? 

It will allow #TeamLossie to support not just the current crop of aircraft, Typhoon and Poseidon, but also the E7 wedgetail and anything else the future might bring.  

  1. Modernised Comfortable Working + Living Environment. 

What does this mean? 

By 2025, #RAF Lossiemouth plans to offer a next generation living & working environment for all its people. To do this, huge investment is going into state-of-the-art facilities, like the brand-new Single Living Accommodation.  

Why is it important? 

With a rapidly expanding workforce, it is vital that all at #TeamLossie are properly supported and have a modernised and comfortable environment to work and live in.  

Programme Timeline:  

2022:  

  • IX (B) Squadron Typhoon Infrastructure 
  •  Crash Fire and Rescue Facility:  
    • Here is one we have not touched on yet. This brand-new purpose-built facility, with accommodation for both firefighters and their new fleet of vehicles, the Oshkosh Striker, is now well underway. Its development will allow firefighters access to anywhere in the airfield in under 2-minutes!!  

2023:  

  • United States Navy (USN) Multi-Purpose Logistics Facility:  
    • A bespoke maintenance and storage facility coupled with aircraft parking spaces for joint operations with our US allies. This project is scheduled to begin in Spring 2022 and completed in 2023 
  • IX (B) Squadron Achieve Full Operating Capability (FOC) 
    • Hangar and accommodation now completed, IX (B) Squadron will be all set to take on more operations and exercises and continue supporting RAF Lossiemouth’s mission.  
  • Single Living Accommodation:  
    • 2023 will see RAF Lossiemouth enter into the next phase of the Single Living Accommodation roll out as we strive to create a vibrant, modern campus to accommodate our people.  

2024: 

  • E-7 Wedgetail Operating from Lossiemouth:  
    • 2024 is going to be a huge year for RAF Lossiemouth. Work is already underway to prepare for the arrival of not one, not two, but three E-7 Wedgetails.  
  • Poseidon Programme Achieve Full Operating Capability:  
    • By 2024, RAF Lossiemouth’s two Poseidon Squadrons, 120 and 201, will be fully operational with fully trained crews, a nine aircraft fleet and support by a dedicated Poseidon Operational Conversion Unit, our sub-hunting team.  
  • Air Traffic Control Tower 
    • A new R4D Air Traffic Control Tower is planned to be completed in 2024. A R4d tower is a conventional Air Traffic Control Tower but with the capability to incorporate state-of-the-art digital technology at a later date.