Training tomorrow’s RAF pilots
Today, Thales is a member of the AirTanker consortium, which provides the RAF with a fleet of Voyager aircraft (based on the Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft) for Air-to-Air Refuelling, Air Transport and Aeromedical roles. As part of AirTanker, we also provide integrated training services for air and ground crews at the purpose-built Voyager Training Academy at RAF Brize Norton. Thales is a primary sub-contractor for the RAF’s Voyager programme, supplying mission simulators, defensive aids, avionics and mission planning systems.
Further still, we provide a number of key systems on the RAF’s next-generation military transport aircraft, the Atlas (A400M). For example, we provide the cockpit display and navigation systems, and the flight controls and electrical systems. In 2013, Thales co-signed an 18-year contract with the UK Ministry of Defence to supply training services at Brize Norton, which includes the design, construction and management of the Atlas (A400M) Training School, and the installation and maintenance of full-flight A400M simulators.