Military base may expand
TAYSIDE and Fife are in line for a “massive boost” from an SNP plan to base an extra 3,500 military personnel in Scotland.
The Growth Commission’s independence blueprint calculates there will be an “additional 2,500 members of t he armed forces based i n Scotland” after secession.
It estimates the civilian defence workforce for a Scottish army may need to increase by as many as 1,000.
The report estimates that would be wor th £80 million to the economy though a higher wage bill.
It is hoped that many of those jobs would be based at Leuchars, with a large chunk of t hat service personnel income being spent locally.
Stephen Gethins, the SNP MP for North East Fife, said: “Any increase in personnel numbers i n Scotland – potentially at Leuchars – would serve as a massive boost to the local economy.”
The f ormer Typhoon base was handed over to the British Army by the Royal Air Force in 2015.