Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to create a Canadian joint venture to pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training Program (FAcT).

This partnership, according to a news release, will ensure that the FAcT program will benefit from the expertise and innovation made by two global players, each of which has over 70 years of aircrew training experience delivered around the world.

The companies’ experience as leading providers of civil and military fixed-wing, rotary-wing and mission training services will help them to offer a modern and comprehensive solution to the Royal Canadian Air Force, if selected for this program.

“Leonardo as a world leader in the training sector can cover the entire pilot training syllabus with a unique range allowing the training syllabus to be tailored to air force requirements. A complete Ground Based Training System (GBTS), which is perfectly integrated with the platforms, able to ensure both high-quality training and strong operating efficiency, complements the aircraft,” according to the news release. “Platforms and systems offer customers worldwide a turnkey training solution that can guarantee the highest quality standards at every training stage. 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.”

“From basic to advanced flying training for air forces, navies, and armies, Babcock delivers unrivalled technical instruction across multiple locations and aircraft types. Whether it is providing technical training instruction, developing training materials, or maintaining critical training assets, Babcock is trusted by its customers to deliver world-class training solutions. Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada are strongly committed to building a strong Canadian Team reinforcing their existing long-term relationships and partnerships with the Canadian Government and Canadian industries.”

Canada is looking to procure a comprehensive aircrew training program that provides aircraft, ground-based training systems, civilian instructors, as well as other essential services, such as 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.