Operational insight: LAFT2 (Light Aircraft Flying Task)

Babcock operates the UK Light Aircraft Flying Task (LAFT2) fleet for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The first 10-year LAFT contract was completed in 2009 and re-awarded to Babcock for a further 10 years (with three option years) commencing 01 April 2009 under the working title of ‘LAFT2’. Over the 20 years of LAFT, we have delivered over 650,000 hours of flying training.

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 detailed asset management to ensure delivery of the flying task. 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.

At a glance:

  • Elementary flying training to all three UK Armed Forces
  • 91 Babcock-owned Grob 115E Tutor aircraft
  • Delivering up to 35,000 flying training hours per year
  • Operational at 15 sites across the UK