Training bid to secure BAE jobs

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BAE SYSTEMS has submitted a bid to support a flying training service to the UK’s armed forces.

If successful, the bid could secure jobs in Lancashire with the nationwide scheme likely to be managed by a team in Warton.

The team would be responsible for ensuring a range of aircraft and systems are available to train aircrew in basic, elementary and multi-engine fixed-wing flying across the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.

Leading a team comprising Gama Group Limited, Babcock Aerospace Limited and Pilatus Aircraft Limited, BAE Systems would run the innovative aircraft availability service.

The aircraft offered under the BAE proposal are an upgraded Grob 115, and the Pilatus PC21 with a Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer-optimised cockpit.

Those aircraft would ease the transition of pilots onto the Hawk AJT.

Martin Rushton, senior vice president for training solutions and services at BAE Systems said: “Our proposed solution builds upon the success of our existing Hawk availability contracts and, with the strong team we have in place, we can deliver fully supported elementary, basic and multi engine aircrew training for the UK‘s armed forces for 25 years.” A selection decision is expected by the end of 2011.