The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a £1.1bn contract to Ascent Flight Training to design, deliver and manage the Fixed Wing training service.
The contract, which is expected to create roughly 200 jobs across the country, particularly at the key training bases, aims to continue the modernisation of military flying training in the UK.
Under the contract, Ascent will deliver the instruction, infrastructure and support required to provide flying training across the three Armed Services until 2033.
UK Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said: "This is fantastic news for the future of our military aircrew, providing them with a modern training system which will equip them to deliver on the front line.
"With our strong commitment to air power as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and our investment of £178bn in equipment over the next ten years, this contract is further proof of our commitment to invest in the UK’s defence capabilities for the future, ensuring that we continue to be a world leader in military flying training."
Apart from providing modern training aircraft, the new Fixed Wing flying training system will supply ground based training devices such as simulators and classroom learning for aircrew across the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps.
Ascent will serve as a single prime contractor and will ensure provision of Elementary Flying Training, Basic Flying Training by early 2019 and Multi-Engine Pilot Training from mid-2018.
In 2008, the company was selected by the UK MoD as its flying training partner.
Image: Personnel will also be able to fly Voyager aircraft, used for air-to-air refuelling, on completion of their training. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.