£1.7bn UK defence investment in Scotland

The UK government’s defence secretary Michael Fallon said £1.7 billion would be invested to upgrade Scottish military bases as the MoD’s Defence Board met in Edinburgh for the first time.

Fallon said Scotland’s 14,000 military regular and reserve personnel and 3,930 MOD civilians are set to benefit from:

  • £1.3 billion investment into upgrades to HM Naval Base Clyde’s waterfront, engineering support, accommodation and physical security ahead of the Dreadnought class of deterrent submarines arriving in Scotland from the early 2030s
  • £400 million investment at Lossiemouth as one of the RAF’s three fast jet bases — upgrading its runways, taxiways and accommodation for the nine new Poseidon P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft and an additional Typhoon squadron
  • Being home to a versatile Army Adaptive Force Brigade, which specialises in operations, works alongside partner nations abroad, and provides resilience support to Scottish civil authorities and communities
  • Leuchars Station being expanded to become the main ‘hub’ for Army activity in Scotland

The UK government said its £178 billion defence equipment programme supports 11,000 Scottish industry jobs and accounts for more than 10% of Scotland’s “industrial base.”

Fallon said: “Scotland is on the frontline of defending the United Kingdom 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 UK government said Scottish business is developing key military capabilities including the Queen Elizabeth Carriers being built in Rosyth, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Type 26 Global Combat Ships being built in Govan and Scotstoun, and a new Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar for RAF Typhoons being built in Edinburgh.