Business jets to replace RAF BAe146 fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) is looking to acquire two civil business jets to replace the current fleet of four Royal Air Force (RAF) BAe146 transport aircraft when the type leaves service in Q1 next year, with the contract valued at up to £87.5m.

In a contract availability notice published on November 3 it was revealed that the programme, known as the Command Support Air Transport Recapitalisation (CSAT Recap), will see a phase 1 competitive procurement of two business jets by March 31, 2022, with an in-service support package that will run until March 31, 2024.

RAF BAe146
The four BAe146 aircraft in service with the RAF will leave service on March 31 next year. UK MOD/Crown copyright

In addition, six, six-month option periods totalling three years will be included in the contract for continuation of phase 1 in-service support as required.

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