French DGA recommends Babcock for air force contract


The French Defence Procurement and Technology Agency (DGA) has recommended Babcock France for contract to provide and maintain a training platform and related services for the French Air Force.

The recommendation follows a competitive bid process and Babcock's share of the contract is expected to be more than €400m.

The contract forms a part of the French Ministry of Defence's Fomedec programme, which focuses on the replacement of existing aircraft and ground facilities, as well as enabling aviation activity on additional training aircraft.

"The contract covers new training aircraft, related simulators and modernised training facilities for the training of fighter jet crews to be performed by the air force."

Under the programme, France will acquire a fleet of aircraft, simulation of ground facilities and associated infrastructure.

Babcock said that it is currently in advanced discussions with an undisclosed French industrial partner regarding the execution of the 11-year contract.

The contract covers new training aircraft, related simulators and modernised training facilities for the training of fighter jet crews to be performed by the air force.

The final contract award is subject to the successful completion of the French Ministère de la Défense's approval process, following the usual pre-contractual standstill period.

With 235 employees, Babcock France provides emergency medical services (HEMS) helicopters with guaranteed quality service and optimum flight safety.

The company owns a fleet of 27 operated aircraft with 24 bases across the country.

It also supported initial training of the French Army pilots based at ALAT military training centre in Dax, Southwest France.