Additional Pilot Training Aircraft for the UK RAF

Elbit Systems and KBR joint venture, Affinity, will operate an additional four Texan T-6C aircraft for the U.K. Military Flying Training System program By DA Reporter / 09 Nov 2021
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Affinity Flying Training Services Ltd., a U.K. joint venture between Elbit Systems Ltd. and Kellog, Brown and Root Ltd. (KBR), has been awarded an approximately $88 million contract from the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) for the operation of four additional Texan T-6C aircraft for the U.K. Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. 

Elbit Systems and KBR each hold a 50% share in Affinity and will evenly benefit from the contract, which will be performed over a 12-year period. 

The four additional Texan T-6C aircraft will be operated predominantly from Affinity’s site at Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley, where they will join the 10 existing Texans that are already in service. 

The UKMFTS is the program to deliver and support the RAF pilot training, procurement, operations and maintenance services. Taking place at RAF Cranwell, RAF Barkston Heath and RAF Valley on three different types of aircraft, Affinity has delivered over 20,000 flying hours for the UKMFTS program.

“This contract attests to the level of satisfaction from the services and support provided by us in the UKMFTS program,” said Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems U.K. Ltd.

“We are proud to be an integral partner of the U.K. MoD in providing training solutions for the RAF and of the contribution to the pilots’ operational readiness and efficiency.”

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