Three E-7 Wedgetail aircraft are being procured from Boeing.
In 2020 Boeing selected STS Aviation to undertake the modifications of the aircraft. Those three aircraft are currently undergoing modification by STS Aviation in its facility at Birmingham Airport, creating over 100 skilled jobs in that area.
Several UK-based Boeing suppliers including Leonardo in Yeovil, Thales UK in Crawley, and Hamble Aerostructures in Portsmouth are also providing UK developed technology, materials, skills and services for the aircraft conversion process.
In March 2023, Boeing announced a contract with Scottish business McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Limited for the build of a new facility ready for the arrival of the UK E-7 Wedgetail fleet at RAF Lossiemouth.
Subcontracted by Boeing Defence UK under a £83 million deal with the UK MOD, the contract is creating 125 jobs in the local area, including seven new trainee positions in engineering and construction.
The investment will enable the build of a new training facility and a second unit the size of an Olympic swimming pool where combined Poseidon and Wedgetail engineering will be delivered by serving RAF personnel.
The facilities will be ready for the arrival of the first aircraft Wedgetail aircraft, marking a return to RAF Lossiemouth for 8 Squadron, who will operate the aircraft, after an absence of 30 years.