Home' Asia Pacific Defence Reporter : APDR June 2014 Contents RAAF PC-9 and Republic of Singapore Air Force PC-21
the MINDEF Public-Private Partnership (PPP),
Lockheed Martin and its partners has been providing
the RSAF with a training package using the PC-21
trainer aircraft and a suite of ground-based training
Mr Teo said such training arrangements are
testament to the close and long-standing defence
relations between Singapore and Australia.
"We are very grateful to the Australian government
for allowing us to do our flight training here in Perth.
We have a very good flying environment, a lot of
airspace, and very good support from the RAAF. That
enables our pilots to train effectively and efficiently
in the shortest possible time. I was happy to see the
new training system that is in place here for our flying
training school in Pearce," s aid the Defence Minister.
The NZDF has recently contracted Beechcraft to
supply its new pilot training capability whose first
intake will begin in 2016. CAE will provide ground-
based training systems and Beechcraft their T-6C
aircraft. Local firms are involved with support and
maintenance. For more information see “New Zealand
Awards New Pilot Training Capability Contract to
Beechcraft” APDR March 2014.
Canada has a military flight training program
for NATO and allied air forces, called NATO Flight
Training in Canada (NFTC), which is delivered by
Bombardier Aerospace Military Aviation Training and
the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As well as
extensive ground-based training, all pilots undertake
95 flying hours in the CT-156 Harvard II, which is
derived from the Beechcraft T-6A (itself originally
Pilatus licensed design based on the Pilatus PC-9.)
In 2008 the UK contracted a joint venture of
Lockheed Martin and VT Group, called Ascent, which
sees it providing military flying training to the UK
Armed Forces for the next 25 years.
Under UKMFTS, the MoD maintains the training
output requirements and standards whilst providing
elements such as airfields, fuel and instructors.
Ascent designed the overall system and delivered
the training capability including delivering a proven
Training Management Information System and the
procurement of aircraft platforms and simulators. In
2015 Ascent is expected to change their aircraft to
Grob 120TP for introductory training and T-6C for
further basic pilot training.
U.S. Military’s Joint Primary Aircraft Training System
(JPATS) chose Beechcraft T-6A aircraft for the U.S.
Air Force and the more advanced T-6Bs for the
U.S. Navy. In December 2013 Beechcraft Defense
Company and FlightSafety International delivered
the last of 131 T-6 aircrew training devices (ATDs)
produced for the JPATS ground-based training
DEFENCE’S NON-ANSWER TO
Where in this article do you see Defence’s answers
to nine questions of legitimate public interest posed
by APDR? Nowhere!
What is confidential about how many tenders were
submitted? Are all the proposed aircraft, synthetic
training devices, and ground-based training course
materials currently in service in other countries?
Is there anything unique about training Australian
military pilots? What involvement is there by Australian
industry? And so on.
What did a Defence spokesperson write back to
APDR? “Defence is currently evaluating the tenders
received in response to the AIR5428 RFT. Information
received and documents produced during the tender
process will be treated by Defence as confidential
and only used for the purposes described in the
They wouldn’t even supply an attributed quote on
the quality of AIR 5428 PTS tender submissions and
to predict the impact of these on the effectiveness of
future military pilot training. And they are proposing
to spend up to $1.5 billion of the taxpayer’s money!
Maybe the DMO is overdue to be re-organised
or abolished with their contracting function taken
back into the Defence Capability Group and project
management outsourced to the Australian defence
The 2014-15 Defence Budget document does not
list AIR 5428 as a project expected to be submitted
for Second Pass Approval during this financial year.
This is not surprising given the pace of DMO’s
processes, however urgent the need.
After forming a short list and further evaluation of
tenders from those selected, a preferred tenderer will
be chosen, almost certainly with a reserve preferred
tenderer. This evaluation could be completed during
Contract negotiations will commence with the
chosen bidder and when these reach a satisfactory
conclusion, Defence will prepare documents
to submit the project to Government for Second
Pass Approval which could be received late 2015.
Following this approval, things will start to move more
rapidly, although it is hard to see that the new system
will be achieve initial operating capability before life
of type has been reached for the current PC-9/A
training aircraft. It could be 2018 before the first pilot
trainees commence with the new PTS.
There may be an interim arrangement required
for RAAF flight instructor training, depending on the
selection made. If the choice is for Team 21’s solution,
Defence may approach the RSAF for some use of their
Pilatus ground training systems and PC-21 aircraft at
RAAF Base, Pearce. If the BAE Systems consortium
is chosen, Defence may approach the NZDF for some
use of their CAE ground training systems and T-6C
aircraft at RNZAF Base, Ohakea. ¢
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