Serco training contract with CAE extended
Serco’s contract with CAE to deliver helicopter pilot training and provide facilities management services for the Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) at Royal Air Force (RAF) Benson has been extended by eight years, the company announced on 26 October.
The facility is used to train RAF and Royal Navy helicopter aircrew, as well as pilots from other NATO nations and allies.
Serco has been working with CAE at MSHATF at RAF Benson since the facility opened in 1997. The extension will see the contract continue until at least October 2025. The extension has a total estimated contract value of £26 million over the eight-year period, with potential options to extend it to 2037.
The contract will see Serco’s team of instructors deliver training using the MSHATF’s six CAE simulators configured for the Chinook (Mk 4 and Mk6a), Merlin (Mk 3) and Puma (Mk 2) helicopters, as well as the Tactical Control Centre (TCC) facility.
The TCC can be used with the simulators connected together to recreate complex operational sorties in real world environments involving multiple helicopters. Serco’s instructors will also provide ground school training for each helicopter at all levels, covering from basic aircraft systems such as fuel and electrics to advanced avionics and self-protection systems.
The training facility has delivered more than 10,000 hours of aircrew training per year, ranging from conversion to type to continuation, operational and pre-deployment training for experienced crews.