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Babcock and Leonardo join forces in bid for Canada’s FAcT program


May 19, 2021
By Helicopters Staff


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Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada on May 14 announced they signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT) and to create a Canadian joint venture. Both companies hold more than 70 years of aircrew training experience delivered around the world.

Under the FAcT program, the Canadian government is seeking to procure a comprehensive aircrew training program that provides aircraft, ground based training systems, civilian instructors, as well as other essential services like air traffic control, aircraft and airfield maintenance, accommodation, and food services for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The 20-year contract is expected to be awarded in 2023.

In a statement about their FAcT LOI, Babcock and Leonardo explain they can offer a modern and comprehensive solution to the Royal Canadian Air Force, drawing on their experience in civil and military fixed-wing, rotary-wing and mission training services.

Leonardo can cover the entire pilot training syllabus tailored to RCAF requirements, which would include a complete Ground Based Training System (GBTS) and aircraft. With a long heritage and its expertise in military pilot training, Leonardo has built about 2,000 trainers that have been sold to more than 40 countries.

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From basic to advanced flying training for air forces, navies and armies, Babcock holds technical instruction across multiple locations and aircraft types. This includes technical training instruction, developing training materials or maintaining critical training assets.