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UK adds long-overdue helicopter aircrew training capacity

22nd January 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Trevor Nash in London

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The UK MoD has signed a £183 million ($240 million) Military Flying Training System (MFTS) contract to add capacity to train rotary-wing pilots, filling a long-overdue shortfall.

This contract amendment includes four new Airbus H145 Jupiter helicopters, a simulator and infrastructure improvements at RAF Shawbury where the aircraft are based.

As reported by Shephard in June last year, MFTS resources have failed to meet training output requirements for the RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps, resulting in pilots being trained by civilian contractors, domestic and overseas military forces.

The new contract for additional rotary-wing training resources is expected to

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After a career in the British Army, Trevor Nash worked in the simulation and training …

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