Affinity Flying Services receives £500m contract to support UK MFTS programme

2 February 2016 (Last Updated February 2nd, 2016 18:30)

Affinity Flying Services, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), has secured a £500m contract to provide support for the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

Affinity Flying Services, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Kellog, Brown and Root (KBR), has secured a £500m contract to provide support for the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) programme.

Awarded by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the 18-year contract will see the companies support and deliver aircrew training for the UK military.

Under the terms of the agreement, Affinity will provide new aircraft types, as well as maintenance and support.

"This award attests to our position as a leading provider of systems and training infrastructure, as well as maintenance and logistics support services."

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said:"We are very proud to take part in such an important project for the UK MOD.

"This award attests to our position as a leading provider of systems and training infrastructure, as well as maintenance and logistics support services.

"The UK is one of Elbit Systems' primary markets.

"The award of the contract to deliver this key programme for the UK's armed forces is a significant recognition of our proven ability to adapt and deliver innovative global solutions to meet the specific needs of the UK market and customer."

This contract follows a £1.1bn contract awarded by the UK MoD to Ascent Flight Training to design, deliver and manage the Fixed Wing training service.

The UKMFTS programme is a partnering agreement between UK Front Line Commands, the UK MOD, Ascent and other industry partners to deliver aircrew training for the 21st century.

The agreement is part of £178bn investment in equipment over the next ten years to bolster the UK's defence capabilities for the future.