The Ministry of Defense selected Ascent, a joint venture of
Lockheed Martin and VT Group, as the preferred bidder for the
UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), providing military
flying training to the UK Armed Forces for the next 25 years.
The group will train all new UK military aircrew across the
Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army Air Corps, starting
from aircrew selection up to the point the students are ready
to fly in their operational aircraft. UKMFTS is considered the
first step in a multi-billion pound program to overhaul military
flying training. The program addresses all training needs of
the entire flying element of the UK front line, from fast-jet
pilots and weapons systems operators, to rotary and multi-engine
pilots, and all the rear crew disciplines.
Under UKMFTS, the MoD maintains
the training output requirements and standards while providing
elements such as airfields, fuel and instructors. Ascent will
design the overall system and deliver the training capability.
The role also includes delivering Lockheed Martin's Training
Management Information System and the procurement of aircraft
platforms and simulators. VT already runs the Tucano logistics
and maintenance program and the Light Aircraft Flying Training
program for the RAF. Lockheed Martin was recently awarded a
20 year contract with the Republic of Singapore Air Force to
provide flight training for their pilot candidates.