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.
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