Defence Minister reveals new RAF No. 12 Squadron
The Defence Minister Harriet Baldwin has revealed the number plate of a new Typhoon squadron set to integrate Qatari personnel at a reception to celebrate the country’s national day in London.
Ms Baldwin expanded upon the deal agreed by Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which approved a package of training and co-operation between the British and Qatari Air Force that will see them working together more regularly as part of the multi-billion pound deal to supply the country with 24 Typhoon aircraft.
She revealed that a new UK-based Typhoon joint squadron will be called No. 12 squadron, and that it will temporarily integrate Qatari personnel, including pilots and ground crew based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire.
The Qataris will not be a permanent part of the squadron, but will be integrated ahead of the delivery of the Typhoon aircraft.
The move will provide the country with valuable joint frontline experience on an RAF Typhoon Squadron and speed up their preparation for when their own jets are delivered.
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin, who will be a keynote speaker at DPRTE 2018, said: “Qatar proudly becomes the ninth nation to buy the world’s leading multi-role combat aircraft.
“The formation of a joint squadron means our RAF will take the lead in providing training and support to the Qatari Emiri Air Force as it brings the Typhoon into service.”
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