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Byline: TOM DAVIDSON Daily Post Reporter tom.davidson@trinitymirror.com

THE future of fast jet training at RAF Valley has been secured for more than 15 years as part of a PS1.1bn investment by the Ministry of Defence.

The MoD has announced a contract with Ascent Flight Training, which provides basic pilot training.

As part of the package the base on Anglesey will gain 10 new aircraft, but the MoD have not confirmed what share of the PS1.1bn Valley will receive.

Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, said: "This is fantastic news for the future of our military aircrew, providing them with a modern training system which will equip them to deliver on the frontline.

"This contract is further proof of our commitment to invest in the UK's defence capabilities for the future, ensuring that we continue to be a world leader in military flying training."

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said: "Losing the search and rescue was a blow, but the T2 (Hawk) arrived and this news on top of that is fantastic.

"I've always welcomed investment in Valley - it remains a centre of excellence.

"This announcement is the kind of job security I have been striving for for the base over the last few years. I'm thrilled RAF Valley has been able to hold its own in the face of cuts by the MoD."

Basic flying training is carried out at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in Yorkshire, but the Daily Post understands this will move to Valley as part of the new contract.

An MoD spokesman said: "Fast jet flying training already conducted at RAF Valley, contracted under UKMFTS [UK Military Flying Training System] since 2008, will continue out to at least 2033, securing the base's future."

Multi-Engine Pilot Training will be in place from mid-2018 and basic flying training up and running by early 2019.

Ascent, selected as the MoD's flying training partner in 2008, will be required to deliver the instruction, infrastructure and support required to provide flying training across the three armed services until 2033.

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