The Defence Secretary has announced the forthcoming delivery of two new Voyager and two new A400M aircraft during a visit to the Royal Air Force's largest station.
He also highlighted a continuing investment of £366 million in world class training facilities at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire today, which is the home of the country’s air transport and air-to-air refuelling fleets. The four new aircraft will form an important part of the RAF’s growing fleet, helping them to support operations around the globe. He announced a plan to invest £50 million in 200 new homes for Service personnel and their families based near there.
The A400M aircraft will eventually replace the Hercules fleet. The arrival of two new A400M aircraft will bring the number at the base to seven, with another fifteen to be delivered over the next three years.
To support the growing fleet £366 million will be invested to provide world class training facilities at Brize. Pilots are already training on an A400M flight simulator, and a second one is set to be installed – a £50 million investment - which will ready for training in June this year.
The final two Voyager aircraft will be delivered to the base over the next few months, ensuring the full operational capability of the Voyager fleet until the aircraft go out of service in 2035.