A union says jobs could be saved at RAF Valley with the Anglesey airbase the front-runner to retain existing Red Arrows work and additional contracts.
Jobs are under threat at the Valley site as the Hawk TMk1 is set to retire next spring with around 70 jobs at risk.
The Ministry of Defence has announced the 76 strong fleet would retire on 31 March 2022 but this will not include the Red Arrows who will continue to fly the HawkT1 until 2030.
Unite have been campaigning for the Red Arrows maintenance work to remain on Anglesey as well as adding contracts to convert some of the training T1 planes into ‘reds’ and strip others to use for spare parts for repairs on the Red Arrows fleet.
The union says workers have been told that a scope of works tender is being submitted to the MoD by contractor Babcock for this work.
This would secure employment at the base for a few extra years while the Red Arrows remain in the skies.
It needs sign off from MoD chiefs but has given hope to workers.
Unite regional officer Daryl Williams said: “The good news emerging from RAF Valley that a scope of works, with Valley as the sole site, has been submitted has been welcomed by the workforce.
“However, the scope of works needs to go through several stages of sign off and the final proposal will not be confirmed until early spring next year.
“The news vindicates Unite’s campaign for the recognition of the skills and knowledge of our members on the T1 Hawk, but given the previous manoeuvrings over moving work from Valley until this formally signed off by the MoD we will continue make the case and keep a close eye on developments.
“The work, when it comes, will offset the loss of the T1 jobs due to it going out of service and should mitigate the need for redundancies.
“I would like to thank all those who have supported the campaign so far, particularly Nia Griffiths Shadow Welsh Secretary and Carolyn Thomas North Wales MS.”
Babcock and Hawk contractor BAE Systems have been asked to comment.
BAE Systems said: “We remain in discussions concerning the follow-on arrangement to support the Royal Air Force’s UK fleet of Hawk fast jet trainer aircraft through a long-term availability contract.
“Support to the Royal Air Force’s UK fleet of Hawk fast jet trainer aircraft continues, with an interim extension to the availability contract received.”
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