BAE Systems wins £220 deal for training simulators to help RAF Typhoon pilots

BAE Systems has landed a £220m role to help RAF pilots train flying Typhoons.

By Tim Gavell
Monday, 13th September 2021, 11:14 am
Updated Monday, 13th September 2021, 11:16 am

The Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems two contracts to deliver advanced synthetic training for pilots training to fly the combat aircraft.

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

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.

How the new RAF simulators will look

The investment by Defence Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement arm, reflects the Royal Air Force’s ambition to increase its use of synthetic training, delivering cost, time and sustainability benefits.

BAE Systems said the 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 pilot's view

“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 120 jobs in the delivery of new infrastructure at the 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.

BAE Systems has significant experience in providing world-leading training capability for the UK and international air forces throughout the training pipeline including the classroom, synthetic and live environments.

The Typhoon

The company said it works with customers to provide the best training services to meet their needs, across the training spectrum, from identifying and recruiting students and providing them with the foundation skills required to succeed, to delivering state-of-the-art facilities to provide effects-led training.

Working with industrial and academic partners, BAE Systems said it integrates world-class innovative technologies – such as virtual assistants, data analytics, single synthetic environments and artificial intelligence – into next generation training solutions, such as simulators.

Annually the company delivers training for more than 2,500 technicians and ground crew across a wide range of skill sets and for more than 450 pilots and officers to ensure they are ready for life in a fast jet cockpit.

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