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Royal Air Force extends training facility in hope of improved training pipeline

14th June 2023 - 13:30 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London

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The building will get a Texan dome simulator, a flying training device manufactured by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: RAF/UK Crown Copyright)

The Strategic Defence and Security Review initiative is expected to increase the throughput of trainee pilots by nearly 50%.

In a move that promises to strengthen training capabilities for the military aircrew of the future, RAF Valley has unveiled a new building extension.

The newly inaugurated Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) building is the result of a £175 million investment by the UK MoD into Ascent Flight Training's delivery of basic flight training within the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS).

The expansion project has been carried out through a partnership between Ascent, Babcock International and Kier.

The extension includes new simulators, additional instructors and enhanced facilities for basic flying training, boosting the training capacity at RAF Valley. 

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Norbert Neumann

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Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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