Babcock  operates the UK Light Aircraft Flying Task (LAFT2) fleet for the MOD, offering a complete flying training service.

This full-service partnership provides the MOD with a cost-effective way to operate flying training, backed by our understanding of the military training ethos and our duty of care to future pilots, university air squadrons and Air Cadet air experience flying.

Babcock’s training delivery is supported by cutting-edge training materials and skilled maintenance of the training machine. By taking a whole force capability approach, we ensure every element of the training programme is working as one, all with the objective of delivering agile military aircrew that are fully prepared for frontline deployment.

UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS)

Together with our partners, Lockheed Martin, we developed and now deliver the MOD’s pioneering Ascent flying training system. This world-class programme prepares students for today’s increasingly sophisticated aircraft and uses revolutionary technology to deliver military aviators while reducing overall training time and costs.

Technological and human expertise

We work with our customers and suppliers to constantly optimise every training system under our control. At the Royal Navy School of Aircraft Control at RNAS Yeovilton, for example, we have recently updated synthetic training aids to represent the Queen Elizabeth class carriers. Our simulator operators offer first-hand experience to advance the training of future Royal Navy Aircraft Controllers.

First-class training for ground crews

It’s not just aircrew that benefit from our advanced training methods. For the Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering at RAF Cosford, we deliver a specialised curriculum and maintain all associated training platforms. Likewise, in the Middle East, we have trained the Royal Air Force of Oman’s aircraft engineers for over 50 years.

At a glance:

  • Babcock operates at 14 locations across the UK supporting the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force
  • We deliver up to 50,000 flying hours a year
  • We provide 113 Babcock-owned Grob 115E Tutor aircraft
  • Babcock has more than 13 years' experience in the training of MOD future pilots