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ASDOT is no more

21st March 2019 - 11:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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With the finishing line in sight, the UK MoD’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme has failed the acid test of the Main Gate investment decision. This covered the initial £495 million ten-year contract although the overall value of ASDOT was thought to be closer to £1.2 billion over the lifetime of the project.

The three bidders, the Thales team having pulled out in October 2018, were told of the decision on 18 March. This consortia comprised: Babcock/Elbit; Cobham/QinetiQ/Draken International; and Leonardo/Inzpire/Top Aces.

All of the consortia were thought to be well over the UK MoD’s budget for

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