Ascent is a flying training organisation created to design, integrate and deliver flying training to the UK’s military aircrew. The company is a 50/50 joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock International (formerly with VT Aerospace). 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, the delivery of military flying training. Safety and efficiency guides each step of the process.Back to top
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 UK 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’ known as the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). This requirement was thoroughly competed and Ascent 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 partnership between the finest air and aviation forces, a committed Ministry of Defence, and leading industry partners.Back to top
MFTS is designed to introduce the new flying training system without disruption to operational output while delivering 3 key benefits:
- Close and ultimately eradicate the training capability gap that has emerged between the end of ‘generic’ flying training and frontline training for specific aircraft.
- Reduce the overall cost of training by: taking a holistic tri-service approach, and by maximising the potential to ‘download’ live training to less expensive training equipment.
- Optimise the total time in training for all aircrew disciplines.