About Us

About Ascent

Why was Ascent brought on board?

Existing military training has served the Armed Forces well for many years but the drive to reduce cost while training crews for ever more sophisticated aircraft has been a catalyst for change. The Ministry of Defence realised that innovation in both financial arrangements and in training delivery could be achieved if all military flying training was included in an industry-led, military-backed new training ‘system’. This requirement was thoroughly competed and Ascent, a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International won the contract in May 2008 with a cost-effective, innovative proposal. Ascent is fully committed to this unique task, and with its shareholders, has the depth of experience to deliver excellence. This contract represents a world-class, efficient and innovative partnering agreement between the finest air and aviation forces, a committed MoD and leading industry partners.

What do we do?

We provide an integrated, coherent tri-service training solution. Everything from training needs analysis, acquisition of training aircraft, training design and curriculum development, provision of site facilities, hangars, classrooms, training devices and simulators. And, most importantly, delivery of training. Safety and efficiency guides each step of the process.

What are we required to deliver?

And most important of all: production of highly-motivated, capable, agile and adaptable Military aircrew for delivery to their Operational Units.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company’s net sales in 2011 were $46.5 billion.

Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics

Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics (GTL) is a leader in the development of military training and simulation, producing air, ground and maritime training systems.

The company is engaged across the simulation continuum of live, virtual and constructive training as well as integrated logistics and test systems for the US Department of Defense and for international and commercial customers, including the UK Ministry of Defence. 

Major training and simulation programmes include: F-35 Lightning II aircrew and maintainer training, C-130 Aircrew Training Systems; Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support for Air Force Special Operations Forces and Combat Search and Rescue aircrews.

Further programmes in the UK include the Combined Arms Tactical Trainer, and related synthetic training programmes. Logistics work includes Automated Logistics Information Systems for fixed and rotary wing platforms, and the Joint Asset Management and Engineering System, which manages the maintenance and support of a wide range of Mood equipment.

GTL, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, has over 4000 employees working at nearly 60 operating locations in the USA, Mexico, UK, Australia and UAE.

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For over a century, Babcock has been a name synonymous with ultra-reliable engineering excellence.

Today, Babcock is the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation with recorded revenue of £1.9bn in 2010 and an order book in excess of £12 billion.

Defence, energy, telecommunications, transport and education are all sectors where Babcock can be found working diligently behind the scenes, delivering critical support. Our services are underpinned by three core capabilities:

We take great pride in the considerable depth and breadth of our people’s expertise. Our 27,000 skilled staff design, build, manage, operate and maintain assets that are vital to the delivery of many key public services, both in the UK and overseas. Our market-leading reputation is based on one key fact: Babcock is a partner which can be trusted to deliver™.

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