A £76 million super hangar on a 100 acre site in St Athan, south Wales, provides one stop shop aerospace support to the MOD, overseas governments and industry. Project Red Dragon, as it is known, provided by John Laing, was designed to keep DARA, the Ministry of Defence's own maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, at the forefront of aerospace maintenance and repair. The concession will run for 15 years.
Red Dragon provides 17,000 square metres of workshops and offices and 33,000 square metres of aircraft accommodation. This is sufficient to house 48 Tornado size jets, or a number of larger aircraft, if required.
The leading edge facility incorporates the very latest technology and has been designed to facilitate the highest standards of quality and productivity. In addition, there is a paint facility and a plastic media stripping facility to support work at the hangar.
The project not only provides a world-class environment for Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) but acts as a catalyst in reinforcing Wales as a centre of global excellence in aerospace maintenance and repair.