Protecting our UK northern airspace for the Ministry of Defence

In January 2018, FCO Services delivered a high profile project for the MOD by constructing a new £10m RAF remote radar facility, reinforcing the UK’s ability to track unidentified military or civilian aircraft.

Working with Defence, Equipment and Support – the MOD’s procurement organisation – FCO Services was commissioned to construct and install the radome and its tower for this time critical, challenging project in Saxa Vord, Unst, Shetland Isles.

During this period our FCO Services team and trusted suppliers provided project management, procurement management, clerk of works, transport and global secure logistics to this remote location. Our team also had overall responsibility for the design, manufacture and installation of the radome – a weatherproof shelter for radar antennae – and its 9m high steel tower.

Danny Payne, Chief Executive FCO Services, said:

“Located 221 miles north of mainland Scotland, requiring a 15 hour ferry journey, in the depths of winter and experiencing 130 mph gales and six inches of snowfall – this was an exceptionally challenging project.

“These constant extremes were expertly overcome by the team, who made sure the construction completed on schedule. We had a tight seven-month turnaround, when similar projects take 18 months.

“This project is part of a wider radome replacement programme between the MOD and FCO Services and, being in government, FCO Services has a real understanding of its scale and magnitude. We’ve so far completed projects in Cyprus and Scotland, and are looking forward to more collaborative challenges in the future.”

Simon Dakin, Director Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance, for Defence Equipment and Support, said:

“FCO Services and the Air Defence and Electronic Warfare Delivery Team from DE&S have shown outstanding innovation and teamwork to deliver this vital capability ahead of time and within budget.”