What We Do

We provide an integrated, coherent tri-service training solution. Under the UKMFTS programme we deliver the training needs analysis, acquisition of training aircraft, training design and curriculum development, site facilities, hangars, classrooms, training devices and simulators. In summary: we deliver a holistic integrated training solution to the next generation of UK military aircrew, safety and efficiency guides us in everything we do.

What are we required to deliver?

  • Closure and ultimately eradication of the training capability gap
  • Reduction of the overall cost of training by taking a holistic tri-service approach, without compromising output standards
  • Maximisation of the potential to download live training and optimise the total time in training for all aircrew disciplines
  • Introduction of the new flying training system without disruption to operational output
  • And ultimately – the production of highly-motivated, capable, agile and adaptable Military aircrew for delivery to their Operational Units.

Our Sites

Once fully operational we will be delivering training at 5 military sites across the UK, supported by our ‘Hub’ based in Bristol.

The Bristol Hub

In the Bristol Hub members of all three partnering organisations (MOD DE&S, RAF 22 Group, Ascent) work in situ to deliver a coherent service to our operational staff on site delivering flying training. The Bristol Hub is home to all of our support functions, including Commercial, Finance and Governance, Human Resources, Operations, Programmes, and Training Design totalling approximately Ascent 80 staff.

Find out more about each site by selecting pins on the map.

RAF Shawbury

We will conduct Rotary Wing (RW) training at RAF Shawbury. Thirty two aircraft will be delivered as part of the Rotary Wing element of the UKMFTS programme the Airbus Helicopters H135 (Juno) and the H145 (Jupiter). Airbus was awarded the aircraft service provider contract in May 2016 along with Babcock and Lockheed Martin contracts for Infrastructure and Ground Based Training Equipment. Full course capability is on schedule for October 2018.

RAF Cranwell and RAF Barkston Heath

We will conduct Elementary Flying Training (EFT), Multi Engine Pilot Training (MEPT) and Rear Crew (RC) Training between these two sites. The elements of Fixed Wing (FW) training will achieve full course capability in January 2019.

Two different aircraft will be used to conduct training under the Fixed Wing umbrella at RAF Cranwell and RAF Barkston Heath, the Grob 120TP ‘Prefect’ for EFT and the Embraer Phenom 100 for Multi Engine pilot training. Affinity was appointed in February 2016 as our Aircraft Service Provider to support our delivery of Fixed Wing flying training.  Babcock and Lockheed Martin are providing the impressive infrastructure and state of the art ‘Ground Based Training Equipment.’

RAF Valley

We conduct Fast Jet Phase 4 (FJP4) Training at RAF Valley. FJP4 training became an operational part of the UKMFTS contract in April 2011 with the use of the Hawk T2 as the training aircraft and state of the art simulators and ground based training equipment provided by Lockheed Martin.

At present we have approximately 15 staff at RAF Valley. The Maritime element of Rotary Wing Training will also be conducted here utilising the Airbus Helicopters H145 (Jupiter) aircraft. From January 2019 the Basic Flying Training element of Fixed Wing training will commence operations from RAF Valley utilising the Textron Texan T6C aircraft. This will conclude the development of our capability at RAF Valley which will include three Operational Support Buildings and three aircraft hangars.

RNAS Culdrose

We conduct Rear Crew (RC) and SOLIC Training at RNAS Culdrose using the Textron King Air 350 ER Avenger Aircraft. Rear Crew training became an operational element of the UKMFTS programme in 2011. The Avenger aircraft is supported by Cobham in its role as Aircraft Service Provider. At present we have approximately 16 staff at RNAS Culdrose.

The UKMFTS System

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