LONDON — and U.K. are forming a new company to provide training services for the U.K. ’s fleet of transport aircraft.
A400M Training Services Ltd. has been awarded an 18-year, £226 million ($340 million) contract for training services that will include the design, construction and management of an A400M training school, the installation and maintenance of full-flight simulators and other synthetic training aids, as well as support for the RAF’s own course design and training staff.
The new facility will house two full-flight simulators to train RAF pilots, a specialist workstation to train loadmasters, a cockpit simulator to train engineers and a suite of computer-based training equipment.
The training school will be built at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, with the work planned to be completed by spring 2014.
An additional £80 million is being spent on defensive aids supplied by. The aircraft will make use of the Large Aircraft Infra-Red Countermeasures system, which is also used on the RAF’s Hercules and Globemaster fleets.
The U.K. is buying 22 A400Ms, which will be known as Atlas in RAF service. The type will replace the C-130J, which will be phased out of service around 2020. The first A400M will be delivered to the RAF in late 2014.