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services,” says Boeing. “Boeing’s full range of training solutions includes
mission planning systems, aircrew and maintenance training devices
and training centres, as well as training services, including instructors,
coursewear and logistics support. Boeing’s extensive in-country and global
experience as a training systems integrator will allow us to deliver a cost-
competitive, safe solution that meets all ADF requirements,” it adds.
Thales believes it has a very strong team and proposal for the IBFT and is
ver y happy with what it has submitted, says Tony Landers, Thales Training
and Simulation sales and marketing manager. A decision is expected on the
RFT in May/June.
Not surprisingly BAE, Boeing and Thales are lining up, talking to potential
partners and team members, to ensure they are ready to bid for both Air
5428 and Air 9000 Phase 7 whenever the DoD is ready to roll with the RFTs.
BAE believes both projects, but particularly Air 5428, require a more
innovative approach than a simple platform-based one in order to deliver
the required training for the defence force of the future. The planned
operation of numerous new aircraft platforms, including the Joint Strike
Fighter, Lockheed AP-3C Orion replacement and the A330 Multi-Role
Tanker Transport, calls for a complete rethink of training, suggests BAE’s
Quaife, which Defence should be in a position to formulise, even if the
aircraft aren’t in service yet.
Quaife declines to detail BAE’s plans, but a lead-in fighter trainer will
be fundamental to the training package proposed for Air 5428 and in
BAE’s case that will obviously be the Hawk advanced jet trainer. In turn
that suggests the need for a competent turboprop aircraft and single type
rating system which puts the Pilatus PC-21 and Raytheon T-6 as strong
contenders, he suggests. Both of these would require “an elegant training
package built around them”, says Quaife.
BAE doesn’t have a team finalised yet for either projects, but Quaife says
the company is in constant conversations with potential partners and
awaits to see what exactly Defence wants. “Really we’d like to be in that
[training system] designing process, working with Defence, now,” he says.
“Ideally, we would like to have those teaming concepts in place by the
middle of this year if possible, but it depends on how much certainty there
is at that point in the process,” he adds.
In such a situation, with the projects slipping, Quaife suggests for
prospective bidders “big is better”. He says: “Unless you’re big you can’t
carry a large Air 5428 team to keep developmental activity happening.”
BAE believes its current relationship with Defence at Tamworth is
working well and is a good example of how a partnership between Defence
and industry should work.
Likewise, Boeing intends to respond to both RFTs, seeing them as
intrinsically linked and delivering the ADF an end-to-end training system.
“Boeing intends to respond to both RFTs drawing upon our company’s
APDR understands that bids for the IBFT were
received from BAE Systems Australia, Boeing
Defence Australia and Thales – the latter in
partnership with Flight Training Adelaide,
which is more traditionally associated with
the commercial flying training business, and
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