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Joint Aircraft Repairs Project Failed to Get off the Ground

Magazine article Public Finance

Joint Aircraft Repairs Project Failed to Get off the Ground

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A joint venture between the Welsh Assembly Government and the Ministry of Defence to protect Jobs and improve efficiency has run up costs of £113m and failed to produce savings, auditors have said.

In a joint report on an air force fast jet repairs project in South Wales, the Wales Audit Office and the National Audit Office said the facilities had not been used by the intended tenant nor produced planned savings of E263m.

The Red Dragon project, established in 2000, was supposed to create a 'superhangar' for the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and an aerospace business park fai St Äthan.

But the MoD then closed the agency and moved aviation repairs to main Royal Air Force operating bases. This had saved more than Elbn but the closure of the business in South Wales resulted in many job losses.

There are now plans to open a Defence Training Academy at the site, expected to bring in several thousand jobs and provide impetus for an aerospace park. …

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