Australia — BAE awarded contract for Defence’s Interim Basic Flying Training

BAE Sys­tems Aus­tralia Lim­it­ed has been award­ed a six-year con­tract to pro­vide Inter­im Basic Fly­ing Train­ing to the ADF until Project AIR 5428 deliv­ers a new pilot train­ing sys­tem for the ADF.

The total val­ue of this con­tract is $86.6m. The con­tract was award­ed after a com­pre­hen­sive ten­der process. 

Basic Fly­ing Train­ing is an essen­tial step­ping stone for the future capa­bil­i­ty of Australia’s air power. 

Under the con­tract, BAE Sys­tems will con­tin­ue to pro­vide basic fly­ing train­ing at Tam­worth using the CT-4B Air­train­er air­craft, upgrad­ed to meet con­tem­po­rary crash­wor­thi­ness requirements. 

Com­menc­ing in Jan­u­ary 2012, the six-year con­tract includes annu­al exten­sion options for Defence, for up to a fur­ther six years. 

Basic Fly­ing Train­ing plays an impor­tant role in pro­vid­ing a cost-effec­tive train­ing solu­tion for ini­tial fly­ing train­ing for the ADF. Once per­son­nel grad­u­ate from this course, Army per­son­nel con­tin­ue on to heli­copter train­ing at Oakey Army Avi­a­tion Air­field in Queens­land; Navy and Air Force per­son­nel con­tin­ue to Advanced Fly­ing Train­ing at RAAF Base Pearce out­side Perth. 

Project AIR5428 is expect­ed to deliv­er a new pilot train­ing sys­tem in the 2015–17 timeframe. 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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