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Typhoon Training Takes Off

13 Sep 2005

With Typhoon aircraft rolling off the production line, BAE Systems in-service support for Europes largest defence programme is in full swing.

BAE Systems, through its Customer Solutions and Support business (CS&S) is delivering the support packages relating to the training of RAF aircrew and ground crew, including assessing the training needs, providing training material and delivering the training itself. Additionally, subject-matter experts support the design, development and production of common training aids for all the partner country air forces. The aim is to ensure as smooth an entry into active service as possible for the Typhoon, the most advanced swing-role/ multi-role combat aircraft in service today.

At BAE Systems facility in Warton, North West England, where Typhoon final assembly, flight test and customer acceptance is conducted, a team of instructors and maintainers supported the initial entry-into-service phase of the Typhoon programme. This phase, known as Case White, came to end recently when 29(R) Squadron left Warton after an 18-month stay for its permanent base at RAF Conningsby.

During Case White, instructors delivered a formal training programme to co-located RAF aircrew and ground crew. Around 250 aircrew, ground crew and managers were given the skills, knowledge and capabilities they require to operate the aircraft.

CS&S technicians worked alongside service personnel on the Typhoon flightline, which was operated as a RAF environment. Together the team ensured aircraft were available to meet an intensive flying programme. The partnership was a resounding success achieving the contracted 1,040 sorties eight weeks ahead of schedule.

Commenting on the achievement, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said: "Case White has been a tremendous achievement. The programme has demonstrated the benefits of working in partnership and has achieved the end goal of getting the Typhoon where it belongs - in service with the RAF."

The focus has now been switched to RAF Coningsby where CS&S has been contracted to populate and manage the Typhoon training facility that supports the Typhoon operational conversion unit.

Dave Wood, manager of the facility, said: There are two distinct areas of training provided here; pilot training and ground maintenance training. We provide instructors, maintainers and training aid operators, using state-of-the-art training aids such as the avionics demonstrator, developed at our Warton site.
This is very much a partnership approach. Training is delivered through a mixture of civilian and service instructors, with equipment and facilities provided through specialist staff recruited by BAE Systems. Our people also provide administrative and business support.

The RAF retains full operational control of the facility with all training conducted in accordance with its authorised syllabi and qualifications awarded accordingly. All staff must meet the strict standards required by the RAF and are quality checked in accordance with RAF directives:

While the BAE Systems operated facility is intended to convert existing fast jet pilots to Typhoon, the capability also complements the Hawk-based fast jet training delivered at RAF Valley. It offers the opportunity of a comprehensive training programme to deliver operational aircrew from scratch.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea, and in space. The Company designs, manufactures, and supports military aircraft, combat vehicles, surface ships, submarines, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, and guided weapon systems. It is a pioneer in technology with a heritage stretching back hundreds of years and is at the forefront of innovation, working to develop the next generation of intelligent defence systems. BAE Systems has major operations across five continents and customers in some 130 countries. The Company employs over 90,000 people and generates annual sales of approximately 14.8 billion through its wholly owned and joint-venture operations.

For further information, please contact:

Mike Sweeney, BAE SYSTEMS
Tel: + 44 (0)1772 856 034 Mobile: + 44 (0)780 171 6452
mike.sweeney2@baesystems.com



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