Outsourcing of aircrew training within the UK Armed Forces has been a long-running saga. The concept of what eventually became the Military Flight Training System (MFTS) was widely discussed in the MoD during the 1990s, but it was not until 2008 that the first contract was signed between the MoD and Ascent Flight Training. MS&T’s Dim Jones visited Ascent in their Bristol HQ to get their take on past achievements and future plans.
A £ multi-million joint investment by Ascent Flight Training and Lockheed Martin will support the UK Military Flying System, replacing the current Mission Planning Systems on Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing platforms.
Ascent Flight Training, in collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence’s UK Military Flying Training System customer, is undertaking virtual reality trials at Royal Air Force Valley as part of the on-going development of innovative solutions for fast jet training.