Babcock and Leonardo join forces for FAcT programme

Babcock and Leonardo announced on August 11 the signing of a Teaming Agreement that will see Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada working to provide a solution for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) programme.

With this step, Babcock and Leonardo will create a new joint venture called Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training. The announcement comes less than three months after the companies signed a Letter of Intent to jointly pursue Canada’s FAcT programme.

RCAF CT-155 Hawk
The legacy CT-155 Hawk was previously selected for the NATO Flying Training in Canada programme because of its similarities to frontline fighter aircraft. RCAF

Jana Lee Murray, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training, programme director, stated: “We are fully prepared to provide a completely integrated, end- to-end military training solution that will generate a robust and efficient flow of Canadian military pilots and personnel.”

The FAcT programme is intended to deliver an aircrew training programme that provides aircraft, ground-based training systems, civilian instructors and other services for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Leonardo previously stated that 20-year contract is expected to be awarded in 2023.

At present, RCAF pilots are trained through the Contracted Flying Training and Support and the NATO Flying Training in Canada programme which will be replaced by the FAcT endeavour. The RCAF currently operated the CT-155 Hawk (pictured) for its jet pilot training.