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Military Aircraft: Training

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 219019, tabled on 16 December 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what involvement his Department has had in the negotiations between Ascent Flight Training, comprising Lockheed Martin and Babcock, and the Elbit Systems and KBR Affinity Team to provide fixed-wing aircraft training under the UK Military Flying Training Systems programme; when those negotiations are likely to be completed; how long he plans the contract for that training to last; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

5 January 2015

Responsibility for the selection of UK Military Flying Training System sub-contractors rests wholly with Ascent Flight Training, the Ministry of Defence's Training System Partner. Under the fixed-wing aircraft training competition, Ascent Flight Training will, subject to the satisfactory completion of commercial negotiations, place a direct sub-contract with the Affinity consortium to provide a training service until 2033. Contract award is anticipated early in 2015.

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