In February 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced it would begin work on a “coit carpet” cleaning program to improve the appearance of the airbase’s facilities, such as the base’s hangar, helipads and the runway.
“The airbase has a number of issues that are not well-managed and which have a long-term impact on our staff and our facilities,” said the MoD, in a statement.
“We believe the Coit carpeting program is a positive step towards ensuring that airfield infrastructure is improved.”
The Airbase Authority of the United Kingdom (AAUK), which manages the airfield, said it had been “working closely” with the MoT, and hoped to “take forward the project as soon as possible”.
“The AAUK has been very supportive of the MoDs efforts to address the issue,” said AAUK’s Chief Operating Officer, Simon Darnell.
“As we work towards the delivery of a clean and modern airfield the AAUK is continuing to work closely with the Ministry on the Coiter carpet program.
The AAUK welcomes the MoEs commitment to a clean airfield for our staff, our customers and our future operations.”
In addition to a number new “shelter-in-place” and “sparring-ground” units, the MoC has said it will also install “more advanced” solar panels on the runway, as well as “improved maintenance and safety systems”.