Raytheon gains Afghan pilot training contract
Raytheon Intelligence & Space announced on 12 May that it has received a contract from the US Army to continue to train Afghan Air Force pilots.
Under the deal, worth up to $145 million, Raytheon will conduct initial flight training for the US Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
Afghan students will attend flight school in third-party nations in Europe and the Middle East. Raytheon will provide tailored training including classroom, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft instruction.
‘Raytheon training experts help the Afghan Air Force develop a pipeline of skilled flyers and officers,’ said Bob Williams, vice-president of global training solutions at Raytheon Intelligence & Space.
Raytheon launched its Afghan Air Force pilot training programme in 2010. It has expanded since then from its original focus on basic flight proficiency to encompass advanced aircraft qualifications and flight techniques.
More from Training
The service has been developing and updating doctrine and policies, improving facilities and acquiring training and simulation capabilities.
Australian Target Systems (ATS) has expanded its operations through the current decade and has been awarded a live fire contract by the Australian Government.
Norway has been a part of the UK-led Maritime Capability Coalition which has supported the development of a maritime force in the Black Sea, the creation of a Ukrainian Marine Corps, and the provision of river patrol craft to defend coastal and inland waterways.
General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) unveiled the ASCOD Medium Main Battle Tank (MMBT) tank based on its tracked ASCOD IFV, at Eurosatory 2018. In January 2021, Elbit Systems announced that it had been awarded a US$172 million contract to supply vehicles to the Philippines.
The Leopard 2 MBT has benefited from continuous development both to meet the requirements of the German Army and export customers. The Leopard 2A5, of which Sweden has 120, was the first model to feature arrowhead-shaped armour on the front of the turret.