BAE Systems have been awarded contracts totaling more than £220m to deliver synthetic advanced training for pilots to fly Typhoon fighter jets.
The Typhoon Future Synthetic Training contracts will support around 120 jobs and deliver new infrastructure at 10 highly-secure state-of-the-art training facilities at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.
BAE Systems will employ a further 60 engineers with more specialist companies through the suppy chain across the UK.
Richard Hamilton, of BAE Systems’ air sector, said, “We pride ourselves in delivering world-class training capability as we understand how critical it is to deliver the highest quality skills and capabilities to the frontline.
“This contract builds on existing work to deliver synthetic training to the RAF’s Typhoon Force, which will eventually enable pilots from different locations to fly virtual missions together and provide the ability to ‘plug into’ other assets across air, land and sea.
“The investment will deliver a number of valuable operational benefits for the RAF, alongside the positive impact that the increased use of synthetic training will make to reduce carbon emissions.
“With 9.6 tonnes of carbon saved by every synthetic flight, it will help reduce the current carbon footprint of live training, supporting the net zero ambitions held by our customers and ourselves.”