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£226m RAF training school

Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Government Opportunities (GO)The Ministry of Defence is investing £226m in a specialist training school at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire where the fleet of transport aircraft will be based.

It will house two full flight simulators to train RAF pilots, a specialist workstation to train loadmasters, a cockpit simulator to train engineers and a suite of computer-based training equipment.

The facility will allow all personnel who operate, support and maintain the aircraft to train in a replica environment, giving them the best and safest learning experience available.

The 18-year deal with A400M Training Services Ltd – a joint venture between Airbus Military and Thales Training and Simulation Ltd – will create and secure up to 300 long-term jobs, principally at RAF Brize Norton, but also at Airbus Military and at Thales UK’s facility in Crawley, West Sussex, where the simulators are being built.

The MOD is buying 22 A400M Atlas transport aircraft to replace the RAF’s fleet of C-130 Hercules, with the first aircraft entering service in late 2014.

Able to carry twice as much as the Hercules, the A400M Atlas can transport 32 tonnes of cargo over a range of 4,500 kilometres, providing unprecedented capability to support the UK Armed Forces.

The MOD is also able to announce today that £80m is being spent on defensive aids for the A400M Atlas.
The contract is for the development, manufacture and installation of the modifications required to the aircraft so that it can operate the large aircraft infrared countermeasures defensive aids system when flying in hostile environments.

The Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit carrying out live load tests on the new A400M Atlas aircraft at RAF Brize Norton.

Alongside the C-17 Globemaster and the new Voyager aircraft now entering service with the RAF, the A400M Atlas fleet will give the RAF the ability to move people and equipment rapidly around the globe for military and humanitarian operations for decades to come.

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