Our work with the RAF over the past 100 years has laid the foundation for a partnership that we look forward to continuing as we support the RAF with skill and innovation in the century to come.

Our work on the HADES, LAFT2 and FSTA contracts are already looking ahead at how we can support the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in being more efficient, more innovative and more cost effective with their future aviation requirements.

HADES Technical Support Services Provision

The HADES contract delivers full technical support to the RAF’s aircraft and air stations across 20 locations in the UK. We ensure the ground support fleet is operating at maximum efficiency, providing vital support services such as refuelling bowsers, apron transport and fire and rescue operations so that the RAF are able to focus on their flying operations.

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LAFT2 (Light Aircraft Flying Task)

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

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FSTA (Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft)

The innovative FSTA contract is delivered by AirTanker, a consortium of leading Aerospace and Defence specialists; Babcock, Cobham, Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce and Thales. Operating from RAF Brize Norton, AirTanker delivers a unique air-to-air refuelling and air transport capability to the UK Armed Forces and their global partners.

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“Babcock is proud of its 100-year relationship with the Royal Air Force. We are looking forward to another century of working together, delivering air power in the UK, for allied air forces elsewhere - and building another proud legacy for air-minded young people joining the Royal Air Force of the future.”

Archie Bethel, Group Chief Executive