AIR International considers the UK Ministry of Defence’s re-think on the proposed Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme
COUNTRIES AROUND the world use private companies to provide training for their military. A number of entrepreneurs have made successful businesses out of buying up recently retired fast jets and operating them for the benefit of their own navies, armies and air forces in various training scenarios. The practice relieves the government of the responsibility of owning and maintaining expensive equipment and other infrastructure and paying for the training and career paths of those involved in the system’s operation. It is also a way to retain the expensive skills of fast jet pilots in the defence sector rather than losing them to airlines. The idea being they would rather fly Red Air, or adversary tactics, than Airbuses to Alicante. Such schemes are supposed to, and generally do, save money.