Canada’s future aircrew training programme moves forward

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) programme and to create a Canadian joint venture.

Announcing the LOI on May 14 Leonardo Canada stated that the two companies stood ready to offer a turnkey solution to meet the Royal Canadian Air Force’s training requirements. A draft Request for Proposal was issued on December 16, 2020, with a planned award of contract due to take place in 2023.

Canada is looking to award a contract for its future aircrew training in 2023. Royal Canadian Air Force

The FAcT programme is aimed at renewing aircrew training services, including delivery of pilot training as well as aircrew training for air combat systems officer and airborne electronic sensor operators.

The programme will cover all the service’s requirements, including maintenance and infrastructure services, and is expected to run for 20 years.

Currently, NATO flying training in Canada is provided through CAE Military Aviation Training through a contract that expires in 2023, with an additional year on option. In addition, contract flying training and support is provided by Allied Wings in a contract due to expire in 2027.