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Ascent to boost training with FIRCTS

13th July 2022 - 10:01 GMT | by Trevor Nash in Holsworthy


The majority of rear crew training in the UK takes place at RNAS Culdrose using four Avenger T1 aircraft. (Photo: UK MoD)

The Future ISTAR and Rear Crew Training System competition in the UK is likely to generate interest from major suppliers such as Collins Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, CAE, Elbit and Thales.

Ascent Flight Training, the JV company comprising Lockheed Martin UK and Babcock international that is responsible for running the UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS), is using the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford on 15-17 July to launch a competition to continue the ‘recapitalisation’ of rear-crew training.

Known as the Future ISTAR and Rear Crew Training System (FIRCTS), this new requirement follows swiftly behind the latest UK MoD-funded Rear Crew Stage One (RCS1) investment that was announced in March 2022.

RCS1 has been a rolling incremental programme that has been ongoing for a number of years.

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Trevor Nash


Trevor Nash

After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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