2008-06-08 - Ascent wins UK trainingAscent to provide pilot training for British military
Neuer Globalvertrag für die Pilotenausbildung<br /> Navy, RAF and Army flying training will be completely transformed, thanks to a GBP635m PFI contract with Ascent, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and VT Group; the first step in a 25 year programme.
Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Baroness Taylor, said: "The partnering contract with Ascent brings together MoD and industry skills to deliver a first class flying training capability. It will significantly improve training for Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army aircrew by bringing together the current range of fragmented training schemes into one modern and cohesive programme."
Ascent will work with MoD to deliver the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) designing, delivering and managing ground and flying training across multiple locations in the UK. The UKMFTS programme will cater for the different training needs of the entire flying element of the UK front-line, ranging from fast-jet pilots and weapons systems operators, through helicopter and multi-engine pilots to all the rear crew personnel. It will encompass all flying training for students following selection up to the point they are ready to fly operational aircraft such as Typhoon, Chinook and C17.