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Ascent is a training design and delivery organisation created as a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International. Appointed as the UK MoD’s Training Service Partner in 2008, Ascent has a 25-year contract to provide a United Kingdom Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) for the UK’s Armed Forces.
UKMFTS has delivered a revolutionary new approach to Military Fast Jet Flying and Rear Crew training using custom-built Squadron headquarters, classrooms, flight simulators, Hawk T2 and King Air 350 aircraft and crucially utilising a combination of civilian and military instructors. Ascent has achieved a MFTS programme that is affordable, demonstrably good Value for Money, and has proven capable of bringing about improvements in the quality of the equipment, training, courses and infrastructure.
In 2012 a group of four Royal Navy Observer students became the first to graduate from the UKMFTS after completing their training at RNAS Culdrose on the modified King Air 350. The facilities at Culdrose include both air and ground based Tactical Mission Trainers and an upgraded hangar and squadron building.
The bespoke Hawk infrastructure at RAF Valley is complete and built to an exceptionally high standard. The Hawk T2 aircraft, Full Mission Simulators, Flight Training Devices and Desk Top Trainers are ‘flying’ and the first RAF fast jet students graduated to their respective OCUs in 2013.
UKMFTS is already delivering Fast Jet and Rear Crew training – further ahead, Ascent is responsible for the creation of new training services for basic fast jet pilot training, multi-engine pilot and rear crew training and the elementary flying training that supports these services. Acquisition of these training systems is well underway, and they will complement the existing training services from 2018 onwards.
As part of the UKMFTS, Ascent is currently exploring ways in which it can further support the UK’s International Defence Training (IDT) customers wanting to undertake Lead-In Fighter Training in the UK – utilising both Fixed Wing and Fast Jet.
For more information on this IDT initiative and Ascent in general please contact, Paul.Dingley@ascentflighttraining.com.