Moray is set to play a central role in another major military exercise next month when over 1500 personnel will be involved in the latest Joint Warrior exercise.
24-hour flying from RAF Lossiemouth has been authorised with local Tornado GR4 squadrons being joined by both fixed-wing and helicopters operating around both the air base and the airfield at Kinloss Barracks.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “Exercise Joint Warrior will involved about 1500 troops and there is likely to be a substation amount of fixed wing and helicopter flying.
“Out of hours flying has been authorised and noise disturbance may be experienced in some locations.”
Most of the activity in Moray will be around the Lossie Forest as well as the Milltown and Kinloss airfields for what is one of Europe’s largest training events taking place twice each year.
As in past exercises maritime aircraft from Canada, Germany and the United States is likely to be involved. The MoD spokesman added: “The exercise will include concentrated tactical activity by ground troops for the duration of the exercise.
“Use will be made of privately owned land where permission has been obtained – troops will carry weapons and blank ammunition.”
The exercise takes place between March 25 and April 15 with the MoD issuing a number to which complaints or inquiries can be made – 0131 310 2493 or 07747 791140.