The hangar will be home to Draken Europe’s recent delivery of Alca L-159E “Honey Badger” advanced combat jets (pictured below), which will be utilised in training RAF, US Air Force, and other NATO pilots.
Draken has been a long-term supporter of Teesside Airport and I’m thrilled it’s now making its expansion a reality with this new hangar. For years, the company has been one of the valuable businesses that calls our airport its home.
Tees Valley Mayor
Draken Europe combines advanced technology with a diverse range of aircraft platforms and highly skilled people to deliver mission-critical global aviation solutions for government customers worldwide. Their end-to-end capabilities include customised Operational Readiness Training, Aircraft MRO & Engineering, Specialised Helicopter Training as well as Search & Rescue and Surveillance services.
Much like Rubb UK, Draken Europe has a longstanding relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence stretching back over 30 years.
Work will begin shortly on the 30m x 50m BVE structure, which comes complete with 150mm Thermohall® and a Rubb-manufactured 21.5m Heli-Door system. Accessories include four fire access doors, as well as 500 lux lighting, a full electrical spec, and electric radiant heating.
This new investment will double Draken Europe’s presence at Teesside Airport, and boost the local economy with 30 new jobs being created.
With Draken, Teesside Airport has played a critical part in our national defence for many years by making sure the RAF and our allies have the skills they need, and I am delighted plans for their new hanger at our airport have been given the green light.
Leader of Darlington Council
Cllr Jonathan Dulston