General Manager Aviation Solutions, John Quaife said: ”The decision to select BAE Systems to deliver this contract underscores the Company’s record of success over the past 18 years as the provider of this service.”

The six-year performance-based contract, with six one-year extension options, means BAE Systems Australia will provide Flight Screening services for about 275 candidates and Basic Flight Training for approximately 150 students each year.

The initial AUD $86.6 million contract will support 135 military and civilian personnel engaged in training ADF pilots at the ADF Basic Flying Training School in Tamworth, NSW.

Mr Quaife said the contract reinforced BAE Systems Flight Training Tamworth’s reputation as a world-class military flying training school.

“The ADF’s commitment to Tamworth as an ideal training location and its view of BAE Systems as the right training partner is positively reflected in this decision.

“BAE Systems looks forward to maintaining and improving our partnership with Defence to continue to deliver the highest quality flying training for the young men and women of the ADF.

We are delighted at the prospect of continuing to work with the ADF to provide all the basic pilot training requirements until a new pilot training system is determined.”

BAE Systems recently partnered with Raytheon Australia and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation to provide a complete Pilot Training System for the ADF under Project AIR5428.

The IBFT contract award places BAE Systems in a strong position to secure this 25-year opportunity, commencing in 2018.

Basic military flying training is estimated to provide a direct financial boost of about $9 million per annum to the Tamworth / New England region.

Mr Quaife said BAE Systems was grateful for the support received from the NSW Department of Industry and Investment, Tamworth Chamber of Commerce, Tamworth Regional Development Corporation, Tamworth Regional Council and the Tamworth community to secure this contract.