Babcock France and Dassault Aviation have partnered to provide and maintain a training platform and related services for the French Air Force.
The two companies are creating a joint venture to work on the FOMEDEC contract, which was awarded to Babcock France by the France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA).
The FOMEDEC programme covers the replacement of aircraft and other ground-based systems currently in service with the French military.
It also involves the acquisition of a fleet of aircraft, ground simulation equipment and related infrastructure.
Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Eric Trappier said: “As the manufacturer of the Rafale, the spearhead of the French fighters, and of its advanced training companion, the Alpha Jet, Dassault Aviation bolsters this new project with Babcock, an outstanding provider of support environments, for the benefit of the French Ministry of Defence.
“With this programme, we are very proud to keep on our enduring participation to the training of the French fighter pilots. Since 1959, our company has been the provider of the French fighter training courses.”
Under the 11-year contract, the companies will provide new training aircraft, related simulators and modernised training facilities for the training of fighter jet crews to be performed by the air force itself at the Cognac Air Base.
Delivery of the first Pilatus PC-21 aircraft is scheduled to take place in March 2018.
Image: A Pilatus PC-21 taxiing for takeoff. Photo: courtesy of Arpingstone.