BAE Systems has been training RBAF pilots since 2009, when two students started basic flying training (BFT). The relationship has deepened, with the RBAF putting students through our other training packages, including basic helicopter, multi-engine and instructor training. During the past five years, RBAF students have graduated from 10 different military aviation courses offered at our Flight Training Tamworth academy in NSW.
The contract was signed on behalf of the RBAF by Air Force Deputy Commander Colonel Hamzah Sahat and the Commanding Officer 63 Sqn, Major Azmie Iskandar Ariffin, who visited Flight Training Tamworth, as well as the Company’s Williamtown, NSW, facility.
The RBAF is one of several international Defence force customers for BAE Systems’ military aviation training at Tamworth. The Company also provides air grading for the Republic of Singapore Air Force, CASA qualification training for the Republic of Singapore flying instructors and flight training for Papua New Guinea Defence Force pilots and flying instructors.
BAE Systems has also delivered flight screening and basic flight training services to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at Flight Training Tamworth since 1992.
Building on this extensive training capability, BAE Systems has teamed with Beechcraft and CAE in a bid to deliver the Air 5428 project – the ADF’s new pilot training system.