Multi-million investment in training for Typhoon pilots

Pilots training in Coningsby will see their facilities upgraded thanks to a multi-million pound grant from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), creating 120 new jobs and providing more complex and immersive training.

BAE Systems has been awarded contracts valued at more than £220m to deliver advanced synthetic training for pilots training to fly Typhoon, one of the world’s leading combat aircraft.

Under the Typhoon Future Synthetic Training (TFST) contracts, BAE Systems is leading work to deliver 10 high fidelity, immersive simulators, together with highly-secure state of the art training facilities at RAF Coningsby, as well as RAF Lossiemouth.

The new training environments will be linked together providing an integrated environment for pilots to train and carry out complex combined training exercises using real-world mission software and tactics.

The new technology will also provide students with a more complex and secure training experience tailored to the individual which are often difficult to achieve in live training environments.

Richard Hamilton, Typhoon programme director, Europe, BAE Systems’ air sector, said: “We pride ourselves in delivering world-class training capability as we understand how critical it is to deliver the highest quality skills and capabilities to the frontline.

“This contract builds on existing work to deliver synthetic training to the RAF’s Typhoon Force, which will eventually enable pilots from different locations to fly virtual missions together and provide the ability to ‘plug into’ other assets across air, land and sea.

“The investment will deliver a number of valuable operational benefits for the RAF, alongside the positive impact that the increased use of synthetic training will make to reduce carbon emissions.

“With 9.6 tonnes of carbon saved by every synthetic flight, it will help reduce the current carbon footprint of live training, supporting the net zero ambitions held by our customers and ourselves.”

The contract will support approximately 120 jobs in the delivery of new infrastructure at two RAF bases, with a further 60 engineering jobs sustained at BAE Systems and many more with a number of specialist UK companies throughout its supply chain.

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